musicNEWS: R.Kelly Child Porn Charges Dropped 

03-18-04 Keavin
It looks like R.Kelly is off the hook on child pornography charges in Florida. The Polk County D.A. decided to drop charges against the hip-hop star after a judge tossed out evidence in the case. 

Last Thursday, Judge Dennis Maloney ruled photos found on a digital camera, which reportedly show the Kelly having sex with an underage girl, could not be introduced into evidence during a trial because the search warrants used to seize the camera did not provide probable cause. Police found the camera while searching Kelly’s home in Davenport, Florida in June of 2002.

Assistant State Attorney Chip Thulberry said that charges were dropped because they felt that they would not have a "reasonable likelihood of success" of having the photos reentered into evidence with an appeal of Judge Maloney’s ruling. 

Kelly issued a statement shortly after it was learned that the charges were dropped. "My faith in our system of justice has never wavered," Kelly said, "and with this victory behind me, I look forward to clearing my name in Illinois. As I've said before, I am confident that when all the facts come out, people will see that I'm no criminal."

But Kelly is not entirely off the hook. He still faces 14 counts of child pornography in Chicago, where he next scheduled to appear on April 2nd. 

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