In a letter to a federal judge in New York, Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard asked to step back from the case.
“Our reasons for withdrawal are significant and it is impossible, in our belief, for us to be able to continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances,” Greenberg wrote in a letter to the judge.
Kelly is set to appear in August on federal sex trafficking charges.
Greenberg said in a statement: Ultimately, as trial lawyers and in the interests of the client, we weren’t comfortable professionally with allowing lawyers who have never tried federal criminal cases to have significant trial responsibilities. That approach was not to everyone’s liking.
Greenberg also said that he plans on making a similar request with the judge presiding over Kelly’s case here in Chicago.
R Kelly New York racketeering trial pushed again over COVID-19 concerns
R. Kelly cites coronavirus risk in request for release from Chicago jail
Reworked charges in Chicago cite another R. Kelly accuser in sex abuse case
R. Kelly’s girlfriend charged after Trump Tower fight on singer’s birthday
‘Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning’ premieres on Lifetime
Federal records reveal wide scope of R. Kelly racketeering investigation
R. Kelly hit with new bribery charges in NYC, prosecutors say
Judge denies bid to raise R. Kelly’s bond in state case
R. Kelly trial date set on federal sex crimes charges filed in Chicago
R. Kelly facing new underage prostitution charges in Minnesota, prosecutors say
R. Kelly crisis manager stepping down
R. Kelly held without bond following Tuesday’s arraignment on federal sex crime charges
Report a correction or typo
Copyright © 2021 WLS-TV. All Rights Reserved.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .