The judge in R. Kelly’s ongoing criminal trial has refused to allow the media access to documents in the case, citing concerns that doing so could jeopardize Kelly’s right to a fair trial.
Kelly is facing charges that he videotaped himself having sex with girls as young as 13. The Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press and Chicago Public Radio had argued for release of the documents produced during closed-door portions of the trial as a means of ensuring that the public’s constitutional right to observe the judicial process is satisfied.
While the judge turned down the request, he did wax on a bit about the media’s important role — outside of his courtroom, at least.
"If it wasn’t for the press, we wouldn’t have the type of justice we have today," Gaughan said in court, according to the Sun-Times report. "Nobody wants to inhibit the press."
Nice sentiment, ay?