Witness to Testify She Had a Threesome with R. Kelly, Victim
A woman is set to testify at R. Kelly’s upcoming child pornography trial that she had a three-way sexual encounter with Kelly and the allegedly underage girl shown in the video at the heart of the case. The 41-year-old R&B superstar is accused of videotaping himself having sex with a girl estimated to be 13 or 14. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is set to begin Friday. As part of the case, prosecutors claim to have identified the girl in the videotape. This alleged victim is now in her 20s. Kelly’s lawyers plan to argue — and the alleged victim will reportedly testify — that she is not the girl in the tape. (Continue Reading…)
Are Clinton Supporters Trying to Suppress Black Turnout?
A voter-registration group called Women’s Voices, Women’s Vote has been calling African-American voters in North Carolina suggesting they need to fill out new paperwork in order to vote, even though the registration deadline has passed for the state’s primary election. Black voters complained about the automated calls—from a man who identifies himself as “Lamont Williams” and never identifies on whose behalf he is calling—and the North Carolina–based Institute for Southern Studies traced the calls back to WVWV. (Wired) The institute’s Facing South blog said that WVWV, whose stated goal is to increase turnout among “unmarried women voters,” has also faced complaints over misleading tactics in at least 11 other states. WVWV has not endorsed any candidate, but has several prominent ties to Hillary or Bill Clinton. WVWV said the late calls were an “unfortunate coincidence.” (Continue Reading…)
Analysis: The Wright Effect on Presidential Race
Politics is a business of numbers, and the numbers favor Sen. Barack Obama. But they are changing in ways that give Sen. Hillary Clinton some hope and have dramatically changed how Republicans look at the presidential election. In a world of so many polls and findings within those polls, a few stand out: • Six in 10 Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor, according to the latest CNN Opinion Research Corp. survey. • Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of Obama in the latest CNN polling, up 10 percentage points from the beginning of the year. • Half of Americans think a John McCain presidency would bring different policies than the Bush administration. (Continue Reading…)