His legal team says that because the singer can’t read or write, he can’t review legal documents in his case, make notes, or “meaningfully” communicate with lawyers without in-person meetings.
“He has essentially been cut out of the discovery and preparation process,” attorney Tom Farinella, who argued Kelly’s bail appeal, wrote in a court filing.
This was the sixth time Kelly’s legal team argued for his release since he was taken into federal custody in July 2019. Four of the requests — including Friday’s appeal — were made amid the pandemic, which attorneys argue has put Kelly at risk for developing severe complications from the virus.
Steve Greenberg, an attorney for Kelly, said of the ruling Tuesday, “We are again disappointed.”
“There seems to be a different set of criteria when it comes to R. Kelly,” Greenberg said in a statement to CNN.
Farinella said Tuesday that Kelly’s legal team “will continue to vigorously fight for Mr. Kelly’s vindication.”
A spokesman for the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern of District of New York had no comment on the appeal being denied.