After much anticipation and an incredibly long wait, the R. Kelly proceedings are finally underway. However, coverage has been hard to come by because of the heavy-handed restrictions put in place by the judge handling the case. EvidenceProf has the story of one interesting evidentiary ruling in the pre-trial hearings:
R & B superstar R. Kelly was dealt a serious blow in his upcoming child pornography trial after a pre-trial ruling by Judge Vincent Gaughan. As I noted in a previous post, the singer will soon go to trial to face charges stemming from allegedly taping himself having sex with a girl who may have been as young as 13 years-old at the time of the act. During closed pre-trial hearings, the prosecutors moved to present testimony at trial by a woman who allegedly will claim that she had a three-way sexual encounter with Kelly and the allegedly underage girl shown in the video. After hearing arguments from both sides, Gaughan ruled in favor of the prosecution and said testimony about the three-way would be admissible at trial.
While I don't have access to a transcript of the arguments because the hearings were closed, the ruling appears correct based upon one of two theories.
Go check out the whole post for more details.