R. Kelly Trial Begins With Jury Selection: On the Scene at NYC Courthouse

After the potential jurors filed into the courtroom gallery, Judge Ann M. Donnelly addressed the group, emphasizing the anonymity of selected jurors. Donnelly explained that U.S. marshals would accompany jurors to and from the courthouse each day, in response to the onslaught of media attention and high-profile status of the case. In August 2020, charges were filed against associates of Kelly for witness tampering, another factor playing into the decision for a partially sequestered and anonymous jury.

“Nobody knows what your names are,” Donnelly reassured. “I don’t want anyone…trying to get your take on [the trial].”

Donnelly questioned potential jurors, inquiring about their hobbies, jobs, experiences with law enforcement and views

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