R. Kelly Trial: Defense Attempts to Crush Mole Theory
Having gone on for six years, the R. Kelly case is full of interesting twists and turns. Earlier this week it was reported that the singer’s former manager and uncle of the alleged victim, Barry Hankerson, was the the man who initially sent the sex tape to Chicago Sun Times music critic Jim DeRogatis, who in turn broke the story and turned the evidence over to the feds. DeRogatis was called to testify on Wednesday and invoked his Fifth Amendment several times.
“I respectfully decline to answer the question on the advice of counsel, on the grounds that to do so would contravene the reporter’s privilege, the special witness doctrine, my rights under the Illinois Constitution, and the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution,” the journalist said repeatedly.
The case took another interesting turn when the defense team’s video forensics expert Charles Palm claimed the mole spotted on the back of the male in the videotape was not a mole, but instead a dark spot on the tape itself. “I see a black mark but it doesn’t appear to be a mole,” said after analyzing the tape with photos of Kelly’s back. Palm also testified that the sex tape could have been altered/manipulated in a few months, which contradicts the prosecution’s claim that it would take several years to digitally alter 100,000 frame film.