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I Believe I Can Pry: 'Trib,' 'Sun-Times' Want R. Kelly Files

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I Believe I Can Pry: 'Trib,' 'Sun-Times' Want R. Kelly Files

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In what the Chicago Tribune termed "a rare show of unity between competitors," the Trib and the Chicago Sun-Times have filed a joint motion seeking all court records related to the upcoming trial of R&B star R. Kelly.

"The emergency motion requests that Judge Vincent Gaughan make all Kelly-related court records public, release transcripts of several secret hearings, and lift the gag order on the attorneys involved in the upcoming trial," Tribune reported. "Gaughan has been holding discussions with lawyers behind closed doors for months, usually in the privacy of his chambers."

Kelly, 41, faces a child pornography charge for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor girl. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is set to begin May 9.

The newspapers hope to have their arguments heard before another closed-door hearing Friday, the paper reported.

"The right [to access court records] is essential to the public's right to monitor the functioning of our courts, thereby insuring quality, honesty and respect for our legal system," the motion states, according to the Tribune. …

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