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Unhinged R. Kelly Defense Lawyer Compares Him to Mike Pence

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In a last-ditch effort to prove R. Kelly’s innocence in a sprawling sex-crimes case, the R&B singer’s defense team on Thursday compared him to Martin Luther King Jr., Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, and, most bizarrely, Vice President Mike Pence.

The comparisons began within 30 seconds of defense attorney Deveraux Cannick launching into final arguments to the jury in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday. Prosecutors allege that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was at the helm of a criminal enterprise that helped him lure girls, women, and men for sexual abuse for decades.

Cannick said that Kelly and King Jr. both sought to uphold the constitution—before quoting King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

“Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech,” Cannick said. “Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly.”

“That’s all Robert is trying to do,” Cannick said, insisting that Kelly, like King, wanted America to “be true to what’s on paper” on the constitution.

But Cannick’s........

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