R. Kelly Remains on Suicide Watch, Under Surveillance in Prison
Following his 30-year sentence for racketeering and sexual abuse, American singer R. Kelly has remained under surveillance as prison guards where he is being held have flagged him as being at the risk of suicide, according to the CBS network.
The penitentiary authority had determined this measure for the singer’s own benefit, so the New York District Attorney’s Office delivered the corresponding documentation to the federal court that sentenced him.
It would be recalled that the R&B star of the 1990s was convicted last June 29, nine months after being found guilty, after a six-week trial where dozens of people had testified against him.
However, R.Kelly’s lawyer went to court two days after the sentencing to present a document of disagreement because his client “is under surveillance at the Metropolitan Detention Center “solely for punitive purposes and due to his status as a high-profile inmate.”
While the attorney maintained that his client has had no thoughts of harming himself, the prosecution had to explain that the additional surveillance on R. Kelly is to prevent him from harming himself.
In its argument, the Prosecution delivered a document where it rejected the defense’s arguments and assured that the surveillance was put in place to protect Kelly because “the circumstances of his current life undoubtedly caused him emotional distress.”
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— Calgary Sun (@calgarysun) July 4, 2022