Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood approved a request from multiple news outlets to allow for extended media coverage of Kelly’s case, meaning cameras and audio recording devices will be allowed in the courtroom for future hearings and the trial.
However, the alleged victims in the case may not be recorded if they testify, unless they give their consent. Two of the alleged victims in the case already have objected to being recorded.
Other witnesses in the case also may object to being recorded.
Kelly pleaded not guilty last month to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of them underage girls. The alleged abuse goes back 20 years, spanning from 1998 to 2010. Kelly has pleaded not guilty, and is due back in court on March 22.
Cameras and audio recording devices have been allowed in Cook County courtrooms since 2015, but only when the judge in a specific case gives permission for what is officially termed as “extended media coverage.” Judges also can restrict live playback of any video or audio recordings.
Cameras were in court last year for the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in the murder of Laquan McDonald, the trial of three officers later acquitted of a conspiracy to cover up the McDonald shooting, and the trial of the two men later convicted of the murder of Hadiya Pendleton.
Some witnesses in those cases objected to being on camera, but allowed audio recording of their testimony.