Usually, racketeering charges are associated with mafia and gang crime. According to one legal expert:
“In layman’s terms, this alleged criminal enterprise seems to have been procuring, taking care of, and then paying off various victims on [Kelly’s] behalf and making sure these girls don’t speak about what’s happened to them — it’s not about making money. It’s not usually what we think of as a goal of criminal enterprise, that’s why it might feel like it’s about a commercial activity when it actually isn’t.”
Commentators expect to see government deals for testimony in the upcoming trials. Will these proceedings be fair? Is it even possible for someone like R. Kelly to get an objective hearing from the general public after a lifetime of accusations in the press?
Only time will tell, but it looks like a long, long road ahead for Robert Sylvester Kelly. Stay tuned, everyone!