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With a lawsuit set for Aug. 1, R. Kelly’s attorney is challenging Chicago’s charges

R&B singer R. Kelly’s new defense attorney has turned his attention to the federal charges still pending against him in Chicago, claiming the charges were filed against them about a decade late.

Jennifer Bonjean, the Chicago-roots lawyer who helped free actor Bill Cosby, filed a motion Monday to dismiss several of the charges pending against Kelly. The singer has been charged by the Chicago Federal Court with child pornography and obstruction of justice.

His trial on August 1 is three months away.

Kelly is already facing a potential life sentence in federal prison after a Brooklyn jury convicted him of extortion. His sentencing there is set for June 15th. Bonjean had hoped to postpone Kelly’s sentencing in Brooklyn until after his trial in Chicago, but the Brooklyn judge refused.

For now, Kelly is locked up inside a federal detention center in New York.

Bonjean’s new movement targets include allegations that Kelly exploited a minor to create child pornography in 1998 and 1999, attempted to obtain child pornography between 2001 and 2007, and committed other sexual crimes between 1996 and 2001.

She claimed the statute of limitations expired on all of these counts around 2009, a decade before Kelly’s federal indictment in Chicago.

“In its newly discovered enthusiasm for prosecuting Mr. Kelly, the government goes back a quarter of a century to raise charges of sexually abusing and receiving child pornography that is outdated for too long,” Bonjean wrote.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, who presides over the case, has previously rejected a motion to dismiss a further charge of obstruction of justice that is also pending against Kelly.

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