A 12-member nameless jury determined the destiny of R. Kelly, who faces a sprawling racketeering case and eight violations of the Mann Act, a legislation banning interstate intercourse trafficking.
The group, which consisted of seven males and 5 girls, was semi-sequestered, which means they had been in a position to go house on the finish of every day.
A number of members shared particulars about themselves through the in-person choice course of. There’s a mom of two school-aged youngsters; a fraud investigator who stated she was energetic in her church; a girl with a number of incarcerated relations; and a person who works at a lodge.
One of many jurors, a longtime flight attendant, stated he believed “trial by the media is worse than a trial by jury.” The person instructed the choose that he has a pal within the household of Invoice Cosby, whose 2018 conviction for sexual assault was just lately overturned, however that he didn’t query the jury’s verdict. He stated he had heard solely minor bits of details about R. Kelly within the information.
The choice course of started final month and occurred over three days. Choose Ann M. Donnelly, who presided over the case, questioned potential members to gauge their consciousness of Mr. Kelly and the accusations in opposition to him, their views and private expertise on issues of sexual misconduct and their opinion of the #MeToo motion.