Critical Witness Update
A great deal of what I'm about to convey is available in the Joe Levy comment on my original entry regarding Jim DeRogatis and R. Kelly just below. But not everybody reads comments, and my command of the facts in that entry was so partial that I thought it best to pass along the Bill Wyman email copied in full below. Wyman was a colleague and radio partner of DeRogatis in Chicago for many years. He makes clear what I didn't know, which is that Kelly's claims of DeRogatis's hostility were based on DeRogatis's investigative reporting. He also suggests that the ploy of making him testify is intended partly to trap DeRogatis in the quicksand of child pornography laws. This is an important story I hope arts journalists with regular beats pick up.
Update: Behind the story yet again (I'll never be a real blogger), I am informed though haven't been able to fully confirm that DeRogatis did appear in court without the jury present for 10 minutes during which, citing Illinois shield laws as well as the First and Fifth Amendments, he declined to answer most or all questions. The judge then told him he would not need to testify but insisted he turn over notes from an interview with another witness, which the Sun-Times then ran in full. Here's a good link.
By Dean Jones on June 15, 2008 1:31 PM
R. Kelly: "Innocent." Raging.
By Michael Smith on July 6, 2008 11:13 PM
Can you post a copy of your syllabus, or the readings you assign? Just curious. Also, did you see the Feelies? Will you review?
By MilagroLGuerrera on February 8, 2011 8:52 AM
I am not so versatile to be fit to set down top stuff like you do but I am trying to pay it back so hoepfully this will prompt you a smile or make you chortle or at the very least give you a thought for the day? :
I respect your opinion. Just don't want to hear it!