Chicago News Roundup: R. Kelly’s Trial Comes to an End


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A federal prosecutor told jurors “the dark side of R. Kelly has been exposed” as closing arguments began Monday in the R&B superstar’s federal child pornography and obstruction of justice trial.

“The truth is out,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo told the jury as she finished her comment on Monday afternoon. “Find the defendants guilty on all counts.”

Pozolo spoke to jurors for more than two hours before the trial was adjourned for lunch. After the break, an attorney for co-defendant Kelly and former business manager Derrel McDavid is expected to argue.

The prosecutor started the proceedings by focusing on a woman known to jurors as “Jane”. Now in her late 30s, Jane told jurors last month that Kelly repeatedly sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, starting when she was 14.

Pozolo said Kelly “used his position as Jane’s godfather to assault her.”

“He took advantage of Jane’s youth,” Pozolo said. “He abused her repeatedly. He performed degrading acts on her for his own sick pleasure.

Pozolo used part of his closing statement to address weaknesses in the federal government’s case, which defense attorneys sought to exploit. She called a key government witness, Charles Freeman, “shameful”.

Freeman testified that he helped track down incriminating videos of Kelly in the 2000s.

“You don’t have to like it,” Pozolo said of Freeman. But she told jurors to see her testimony “in light of all the other evidence in this case”.

Andy Grimm and Jon Seidel have more from the Chicago Federal Courthouse here.

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The Doobie Brothers at 50: they’re still taking to the streets

There’s usually a gold standard for any 50th birthday, although in the case of classic rock band The Doobie Brothers, they’ve been awarded this milestone many times before.

Not only do the “Listen To the Music” hit-makers have 14 gold albums to their name, they also have 10 platinum or multi-platinum albums. And their “Best Of” collection has landed a rare RIAA diamond status.

So, for their big 5-0, the group is content to mark the occasion by doing what they do best: hit the road.

The Doobie Brothers (left to right): Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald and John McFee.

The Doobie Brothers (left to right): Pat Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald and John McFee.

Before the band’s stop at the Chicago Theater on Wednesday, the band spoke to Selena Fragassi for the Sun-Times about what fans can expect from the celebratory show.

“It really gives fans a great insight into everything the band has been up to, up until last October when we released another album,” said Tom Johnston, the band’s longtime guitarist/vocalist/songwriter. “They can hear all aspects and eras of the band. And the crowds really showed up, not just in numbers but also in enthusiasm, and that was great to see.

Read Fragassi’s full story here.

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Your daily question☕

How has the Bears’ season-opening win in the rain influenced your expectations for this season?

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Yesterday we asked you: how would you describe a Bears tailgate at Soldier Field to someone who has never been there? Here’s what some of you said…

“A party in the parking lot with friends and family. Plenty of food and drink for everyone. —Steve Price

“The game before the game! Sit down with friends and make new ones toast and have your favorite drink. —Tim Mustang

“It’s like a picnic in the park with 60,000 of your closest friends!!” —Ed Lins

“It’s a must if you’re going to a game. Everyone shares food, drinks, Mary Janes and laughter. We will miss the atmosphere as they move to Arlington. So buy a ticket this season and you’ll see what I’m talking about. —Daniel Castorena Jr.

“We can’t even beat Green Bay in tailgating.” —Eric Q. Rosentreter

“When you could park next to the stadium it was great fun. Now good luck finding a place where you can tailgate. —Jason J. Sterczynski

“I would describe it as something I would never want to do in Arlington Heights.” —Robert Bader

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