A federal judge in Brooklyn agreed Thursday to keep jurors anonymous and "partially sequestered".U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly granted the request originally made by prosecutors back in July. Her decision was announced in a docket entry in Kelly's case, though the order itself appeared to be sealed.
Kelly also faces federal charges in Chicago, but it appears likely he'll go to trial first on a racketeering indictment in Brooklyn. In July, prosecutors out east told the judge the evidence in their case could lead jurors to believe Kelly is "capable of inflicting violence."They pointed to the anticipated media coverage of the trial, as well as allegations that Kelly obstructed justice in his 2008 trial in Cook County. Michael Leonard, Kelly's attorney, said the singer's legal team was "shocked" by the judge's decision. "We're really surprised that the judge would order such extreme measures for somebody like Kelly, who has no criminal history or knowledge of the individuals allegedly intimidating witnesses."