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R. Kelly Appeals His Racketeering Conviction & Hires The Attorney Who Helped Bill Cosby Get Out Of Jail

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R. Kelly’s Music Sales Skyrocket 500% After Guilty Sex Crimes Verdict

R&B singer R. Kelly’s legal team got a shot in the arm Friday as a high-profile attorney who won an appeal of Bill Cosby’s sex abuse case has signed on to challenge Kelly’s racketeering conviction in New York.

Jennifer Bonjean, a New York-based attorney whose legal career began in Chicago, filed her appearance in Kelly’s case in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, where Kelly was convicted last month of racketeering and sex abuse charges.

Bonjean told the Tribune she will spearhead Kelly’s post-conviction motions and, should U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly deny Kelly a new trial, work on an appeal before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The post-trial motions are due on Monday, but Bonjean has asked for a two-month extension.

Bonjean was the driving force behind Cosby’s appeal of his sex crimes conviction in Pennsylvania and wound up winning the actor’s stunning release from prison. She said she’s “looking forward to getting familiar with the record” in Kelly’s case, which was anchored by Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act charges that she called a “kitchen sink approach.”

“I am becoming increasingly concerned with how the government is abusing the RICO statute in order to plead around the statute of limitations and essentially put people’s entire lives on trial,” Bonjean said. “It’s becoming a formula for the government. You have a right to defend yourself against specific allegations.”

Bonjean said she saw similar government overreach in another high-profile case she’s handling: NXIVM sex-cult leader Keith Raniere, who was convicted under the RICO statute in the same courthouse as Kelly.

Kelly, 54, was convicted on Sept. 27 of racketeering conspiracy charges alleging he used his music career to further a criminal enterprise. The jury found him guilty of 12 individual illegal acts, including sex with multiple underage girls as well as a 1994 scheme to bribe an Illinois public aid official to get a phony ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could get married.

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Kelly, who is currently being held at the federal lockup in Brooklyn, faces 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced in May. The other members of his legal team, Deveraux Cannick, Thomas Farinella, and Nicole Blank Becker, will continue to work on sentencing issues, Bonjean said.

The singer is also charged in U.S. District Court in Chicago with running a yearslong scheme to buy back sex tapes he allegedly made with underage girls and to bribe or coerce witnesses in his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County, which ended in acquittal. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber has set trial for August in that case.

At a hearing earlier this month, Kelly’s Chicago-based attorney, Steven Greenberg, said Kelly was in the process of revamping his legal team in the New York case, which underwent a dramatic shake-up in the weeks leading up to trial. Greenberg and Bonjean have worked together closely on several cases in Chicago and elsewhere.

Greenberg and his co-counsel, Michael Leonard, are also representing Kelly on indictments filed in Cook County in February 2019 alleging the sexual abuse of four victims, three of whom were underage at the time.

 

 

 

 

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Cris Galera: Woman Who Married Herself, Divorces Herself After 3 Months

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Cris Galera: Woman Who Married Herself, Divorces Herself After 3 Months

A Brazilian woman, who made headlines earlier this year by marrying herself, is now heading for divorce after confessing she’s met someone else.

Cris Galera grew tired of relying on men, so decided to marry herself in a formal ceremony which was held in September 2021.

The 33-year-old model insisted she wasn’t “disappointed” not to have a groom and instead was embracing going it alone, but it wasn’t meant to be and 90 days later, she’s decided to divorce herself, The Daily Star is reporting.

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Cris Galera happily posed for pictures on her wedding day in front of a Catholic church in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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She said at the time she was tired of relying on men, so she decided to marry herself instead. Cris also said she was embracing being alone and wasn’t “disappointed” she didn’t have a groom.

Fortunately for Cris, who hails from Sao Paulo in Brazil, says she has since met “someone special” and has even started to fall in love, despite vowing to go solo.

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Viral Internet Sensation Kid Antwain Lee Fowler Dies At Age 6

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Viral Internet Sensation Kid Antwain Lee Fowler Dies At Age 6

Viral internet sensation kid, Antwain Lee Fowler has been confirmed dead.

The viral Instagram kid who’s known for the famous phrase, “You got some cheese I can eat,” Antwain Lee Fowler went viral two years ago when his mother shared videos of him eating and making funny comments.

The video that made him go incredibly viral was a live recorded video on Instagram where his mother read out a comment about him spending all his mother’s money on food. He responded by saying: “You got some cheese I can eat.”

Another video that made him become an instant meme was one that he looked at himself on the phone while live on Instagram.

After staring at himself for some time, he said: “Is that me? Mom, that’s me? No, that’s not. Over there? That aint me. I sw*** to God that’s me.”

His mother confirmed his death via an Instagram post, saying: “The pain in my heart is like no other. Why, God?”

 

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Antwain Lee Fowler was diagnosed with autoimmune enteropathy in July 2015. Autoimmune enteropathy is a rare condition that causes children to have a lot of diarrhoea, often to the point of needing intravenous (IV) fluids. It can also affect a child’s ability to absorb food and vitamins.

His mother disclosed that Antwain was hospitalized on countless occasions due to his poor health condition. He underwent over 25 surgeries.

Like normal infants, Antwain was unable to drink milk or eat solid foods during his earlier childhood.

The first four years of Antwain’s life were an everlasting fight and a necessary experience for his family.

His health became stable for some time – that was when he started eating normally and became famous for his eating habit.

However, Antwain spent most of 2021 at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) undergoing treatment again.

He passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2021. He died aged six.

The passing of Antwian popualrly known as Big TJ has left many social media users in shock as they mourn the 6-year-old boy.

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Kamala Harris: Veep To Be Acting President As Joe Biden Undergo Medical Procedure

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Kamala Harris: Veep To Be Acting President As Joe Biden Undergo Medical Procedure

US vice president Kamala Harris will serve as acting president while President Joe Biden is under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, the White House has said.

“As was the case when President George W Bush had the same procedure in 2002 and 2007, and following the process set out in the Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the Vice President for the brief period of time when he is under anesthesia,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The Vice President, Kamala Harris will work from her office in the West Wing during this time.”

Mr. Biden arrived at the Walter Reed Medical Centre on Friday for his annual physical, his first while serving as president.

Ms. Psaki added that the White House will release a report on Mr. Biden’s health later on Friday.

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The physical was not initially on the public presidential schedule but was announced hours before Mr Biden left the White House at around 8.30am. He arrived at the hospital in Maryland at 8.51am.

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Mr. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person in US history to hold the office of president.

Before Mr. Biden, Mr. Trump was the oldest president in history at the time of his swearing-in. Mr. Trump was 70 years old when he took office in January 2017.

Fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan was the oldest before Mr. Trump. Mr. Reagan was 69 when he took office in 1981 and 77 when he left office in 1989. Mr. Biden took office at the age of 78.

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