The judge in R-Kelly's trial has denied media requests to access sealed documents, to insure a fair trial for the R&B superstar. "Of paramount concern is that the defendant gets a fair trial," Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan wrote. "The torrent of media interest in this case has prompted entry of the order which prevents the serious and imminent threat that this case would be tried in the media."
Media outlets like The Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and Chicago Public Radio have all wanted to get access to the records of the closed-door hearings, citing the constitutional right of the public to be informed. Yet because of Kells' celebrity status, the judges said opening up those documents could actually violate the crooner's constitutional right to a fair trial.
Gaughan cited the 2004 ruling in the Michael Jackson criminal case to back up his ruling. "If it wasn't for the press, we wouldn't have the type of justice we have today," Gaughan said in court. "Nobody wants to inhibit the press."