The singer was convicted by a 12-person jury in September. He had previously been sentenced to 30 years in jail on racketeering and sex trafficking charges in New York.
In his motion, Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, noted that while the evidence may have been sufficient to prove violations of criminal sexual abuse under the Illinois criminal code, it did not establish that the defendant enticed or persuaded Jane to engage in the prohibited conduct.
In filing the motions, Kelly’s attorneys noted that the prosecutors not only failed to prove their case, but also allowed a witness to give false testimony.
Bonjean’s motion is routine and does not necessarily mean R. Kelly would get a retrial or have his conviction overturned. A look through the books shows that such motions are rarely granted.
Still, it is not yet uhuru for the “It Seems Like You’re Ready” singer because he is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2023 and faces between one and nine decades in jail.
It remains to be seen what direction the case will take when February pops into view.