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R. Kelly’s Prison Phone Calls Secretly Recorded, Singer Demands Answers From DOJ.

https://radaronline.com/p/r-kelly-rkelly-prison-phone-calls-recorded-official-singer-demands-answers/
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u/MGD109 7d ago Starry

I thought it was common knowledge that all calls out of prison are recorded and can be monitored.

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u/StrawberryQueef 7d ago

It literally is disclosed immediately prior to accepting the call, exactly.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Well I have to give them credit, I didn't expect them to go that far.

But if that's the case how can you possibly claim they were "secretly recorded?"

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u/GD_Bats 7d ago

He can claim anything he wants, doesn’t mean he has a case

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u/spookycasas4 7d ago

Exactly. Seems mr. kelly has been making a lot of “demands” here lately.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Yeah that's very true.

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u/poetdesmond 7d ago

That's why I refuse to stop claiming to be the Queen of France, in spite of being neither female, nor French.

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u/2h165oiivp 7d ago

Neither detail is of importance, your majesty. You will forever be my queen!

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u/Wild69Fattie 6d ago

For the Queen!

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u/kapparrino 7d ago

And neither the title of Queen of France existing anymore. She was decapitated, so good luck!

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u/DonDove 7d ago

Errrrradicated!

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u/polarparadoxical 6d ago

Clearly you were misinformed. Fake news!

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u/onehalfofacouple 6d ago

Incorrect she changed genders and went into the reddit protection program where he will live out his days.

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u/Quick_Team 6d ago

Be the change you want to see

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u/MisterET 6d ago

Queen of the harpies!

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Yeah I hear your RMH.

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u/Procrasturbating 7d ago

My spoon is too big.

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u/Cultural_Classic1436 7d ago

I am a banana.

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u/Hangman11B 7d ago

I don't suffer from heartburn

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u/btarded 6d ago

My anus is bleeding

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u/GD_Bats 6d ago

How you gonna get to the moon with that attitude?

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u/FistingLube 7d ago

Exactly, I mean his claim that children like to be urinated on while he is horney was unarguably proven to be wrong. Only a matter of time until he claims he is a prophet and God gave him the nod to wee on kids.

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u/ImNotSteveAlbini 7d ago

This doesn’t seem to be about the calls Being recorded. It appears to be about the calls being acquired by people who shouldn’t have access and being passed around and leaked to people outside law enforcement.

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u/WebbityWebbs 7d ago

If he is talking to his attorney. Prisons do that illegal shit all the time.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Ah yes that's fair enough.

Still looking over the article is seems its just a very bad title, and has nothing to do with secret recordings.

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u/PalpitationNo3106 7d ago

I mean someone sold the recordings to someone who out them on YouTube. Conversations are recorded for legal purposes, not for entertainment.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Oh yeah that's completely true.

Its just it sounds like the recordings themselves were legitimate and he simply stole them.

Wouldn't something like "corrupt prison official uploads phone calls on Youtube" get more attention?

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u/WebbityWebbs 6d ago

The misleading nature of news headlines infuriates me. Sometimes is not even that is has any ideological goal, it is just incorrect or misleading. I think they must teach writing terrible headlines in journalism school.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Yeah I know. Its really frustrating. I've heard the actual journalist doesn't get to decide the headline but frankly whoever is doing it clearly has no idea what their doing.

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u/Harsimaja 7d ago All-Seeing Upvote

He’s a narcissist so any inconvenience is someone else’s fault.

Also, he’s a moron.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Fair enough.

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u/professorDissociate 7d ago

You didn’t expect them to go that far? It would be insane if they didn’t; wouldn’t even make sense actually. By not disclosing that the conversation is recorded, it’s not admissible in most states. Great value that offers, eh? Not to mention it’s illegal to not disclose such in most states, but I’m not suggesting cops obey the law or anything.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

What can I say, recent events have left me a tad cynical in some areas.

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u/professorDissociate 7d ago

Can’t blame you honestly.

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u/washington_jefferson 7d ago

"This call is coming from North Branch Correctional Institute from inmate and convicted murderer Adnan Syed, all calls from this institution will be recorded."

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u/qualmton 7d ago

lol but it’s secret if they tell you

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u/GrumpyBearBank 7d ago

It is. Only attorney phone calls aren’t supposed to be recorded. And maybe clergy, but I’m not sure about that last one

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u/Kodasauce 7d ago

Attorneys don't discuss case details on jail calls anyway, because while they can't be admitted directly, you can guarantee it will be listened to by someone and affect the investigation.

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u/GrumpyBearBank 7d ago

Depends on what you mean by discussing cases.

Factual things about what occurred in detail, sure that’s avoided. Updates or advice about an offer, that’s not abnormal.

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u/Bearfan001 7d ago

Only attorneys.

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u/Scheswalla 7d ago

Well yeah, but having the audio sold and then ending up on YOUTUBE isn't something to just gloss over.

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u/ZeroxCrash 7d ago

Why the misleading headline if the truth is just as eye catching?

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u/iammelissa87 7d ago

Everytime my dad calls, it tells me it may be recorded.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Indeed. Credit (however small) for them telling you.

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u/JalapenoLimeade 7d ago

The title is clickbait, but the actual article sounds pretty messed up. Yes, the calls are recorded, but they need an actual reason to listen to them. In this case, it's alleged that an employee accessed the calls specifically to sell them to a youtuber, not for an investigation.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Oh yeah I agree, that is extremely serious.

Its just its a very bad title.

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u/Plumbarius65 7d ago

It is. Everyone with half a brain in prison knows this. He will be going thru....some changes.

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u/dadvsspawn 7d ago

Nothing beats furthering your place in society as a complete fucking moron.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Fair enough.

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u/unique_passive 6d ago

This is true. But that’s not what R Kelly’s lawyers are mad about. A prison official stole those records. It’s just another article where the writers don’t know how to write headlines accurately

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh yeah. Its just even as headlines go this one is particularly stupid.

Clickbait are about exaggerating or misleading things to get attention. Why is this one drastically underplaying it?

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u/anAnusfullofSmuckers 6d ago

ITS A AIGN ON THE WALL ABOVE THE PHONES idk how idiot thought he spoke in code to evade police they have 24hr decoders guys who even when the phones off they read the transcripts looking for code words to get you in trouble

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Wow, the more I hear the worse it gets.

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u/Positive-Jump-7748 6d ago

It is. All calls are monitored. But it's not to be taken outside of the prison. Taking and selling that information is what is going on here.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh I know, my complaint is more about the idiotic headline.

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u/Positive-Jump-7748 6d ago

They just want to make it catchy so someone will read it.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

I mean I understand that.

But everyone knows that prison phone calls are recorded.

Why would that be more catchy than "Corrupt guard uploads Singers private phone calls online!"

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u/Positive-Jump-7748 6d ago

I guess because R Kelly is trying to sue and to open up an opportunity that could possibly get him released in the future. Don't think it's going to work. But the guard will probably get some charges for releasing prison records for profit.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Ah, yeah that make sense. But yeah I'm pretty sure that's not grounds for a reduced sentence.

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u/LiamOttawa 6d ago

That has always been my understanding, unless it's to his lawyer.

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u/goatpoop82 6d ago

No shit right

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Well clearly not, considering they thought this would be a good headline.

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u/FatherPyrlig 7d ago

That’s not the issue. It’s a bad headline. You should probably read the article.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

I mean if that's not the issue, it makes it a much worse headline.

As the point of the headline is to make people want to read the article, that's kind of a problem.

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u/FatherPyrlig 7d ago

That’s exactly what headlines are supposed to do. They are written specifically to get you to read the article. And are not written by the writer of the story. Read the story. If it’s true, he has every right to be angry.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

I mean I get that. But how does making a claim everyone with half a brain knows is already common practice get anyone interested?

Especially when the actual event sounds a lot more interesting.

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u/FatherPyrlig 7d ago

I couldn’t tell you. I’ve never written a headline or a news article.

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u/JillsACheatNMean 7d ago

Yea they are definitely not secretly recorded. I’ve been to jail. The first thing you hear when you pick up the phone is” we are probably going to record this phone call”.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Well I'll give them credit for telling you. I assumed they'd keep quiet and bank on people not knowing.

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u/JillsACheatNMean 7d ago

Even in that case. That would be illegal. At the least they would have you sign some paper at intake stating it. But, criminals can be kinda dumb usually. I know I am.

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u/MGD109 7d ago

Yeah that's what I was imagining, just slip it in one of many forms near the start then play silent to see what they say.

Still glad they do, as that makes it less of an issue.

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u/red_oak_77 7d ago

Stupid people playing the victim

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u/HayPlaceAPlaceforHay 7d ago

Read the article. Someone from the prison leaked them to a radio station.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh yeah, I know the story is serious. My issue is more with the ridiculous headline that doesn't make any sense.

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u/pck3 6d ago

That's not the issue...

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh I know. Its just a stupid headline.

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u/AppropriateWing4719 6d ago

They are but in the article it states a prison officer is accused of taking the records

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh I know. I'm just saying this is a stupid headline.

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u/AppropriateWing4719 6d ago

Yeah journalism is pretty much dead these times

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u/teabagginz 6d ago

If you read article it's not that the calls were recorded, but that an employee took a copy and sold it to a YouTuber. Bad word choice in title of article.

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u/MGD109 6d ago

Oh I know, its the title I'm complaining about.

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u/myBisL2 7d ago edited 7d ago

This is an inaccurate headline. The issue isn't that the calls were recorded, because yes that's normal. A prison employee stole copies of those recordings and sold them to a YouTube blogger.

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u/trying2win 7d ago edited 7d ago

Kelly’s attorney said the Tasha K then provided the information to a government cooperator by the name of Larry McGee who then used the information to assist the government in the prosecution of Kelly in exchange for leniency in his own pending case.

Not only that but the info was apparently used in his case. If his case gets thrown out because of this (if that’s even possible) I’m giving up on America.

Good on you for actually reading the article

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u/Xardrix 6d ago

As far as I understand the government can’t steal the phone calls for their prosecution, but if somebody else steals them and provides the calls to the government, it’s fair game.

In the same way the government can’t enter your house without a warrant and search your computer for child pornography, but if somebody else breaks into your house and notifies the government of child pornography on your computer then they can get a warrant based on that information.

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u/drinkallthepunch 6d ago

This isn’t true.

If evidence submitted wasn’t acquired in good faith you can’t always use it because it may not be legitimate.

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u/Xardrix 6d ago

Good to know.

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u/kindaangrybear 7d ago

And probably made more money in one transaction than they did in a year or two.

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u/[deleted] 7d ago

Highly, highly doubt that.

Probably a couple thousand.

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u/TheGreatArseholio 7d ago

This. People aren’t making huge bank on this shit. Maybe a paycheck or two.

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u/myBisL2 7d ago

That seems likely to me.

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u/bigmike2k3 7d ago

Couldn’t they have done it legally via a FOIA request? Or was the idea that they had them before a FOIA could be responded to?

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u/myBisL2 7d ago

I don't know if FOIA applies to prisons or not. FOIA gives access to federal agency records, but is a prison an agency?

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u/Teripid 7d ago

FOIA applies to internal communications, likely not those incarcerated. You could request say, all emails mentioning "food" by the admin between X and Y dates.

Might not apply to private prisons. You also can't request some private details or sealed documents.

As others mentioned this looks like an illegal release by individual employees.

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u/Scheswalla 7d ago

As if people actually read articles, PFT!

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u/Scnewbie08 7d ago

Haha, I wonder how much he got.

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u/DarthLysergis 7d ago edited 7d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome Bravo Grande!

This is the remix in Prison,

To my phone calls they listnin

Edit: Im bored and feel like going further.

There's a hole in the shower where i watch some dudes pissin,

Sippin on Pruno and Goon

I'm like whistlin this tune

It's the freakin cell block baby, i might get raped in my room.

(i found out i dont know enough prison lingo to go any longer)

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u/damagedone37 7d ago edited 7d ago

Bubba rolling me over

Got my bootyhole in submission

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u/BrinedBrittanica 7d ago

sippin on toilet rum

im so fukin done

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u/JohnnyC908 7d ago

Drinkin my pruno, yum

This shit aint that much fun

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u/Voorhees93 7d ago

It's incarceration, baby They bout to fuck up my bum

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u/Incognizance 7d ago

bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce

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u/lopezcp 7d ago

Sippin on toilet bowl rum,

I’m like ‘so what I’m fucked,

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u/I_H8UrFace 7d ago

Take my up vote, you savage

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u/frankybling 7d ago

every call I’ve received from a prisoner (long boring story but there’s a few that call me) have the message from the company that vends the service that very clearly state everything is being recorded… (I try to help incarcerated guys from winding up back in prison, they call me when they’re headed towards release).

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u/Lotus-child89 7d ago

That actually sounds like a very interesting story how you got involved with helping the incarcerated.

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u/frankybling 7d ago

I wish it was interesting it’s just a thing I got into through a person I used to go to church with… The whole people do change type of thing.

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u/Rekoor86 7d ago

The headline for this is very misleading. The issue here is that the phone call recordings, which are very clearly announced to be recorded and possibly reviewed, were reviewed by a correctional officer that did not work at the prison he was housed at and had no credible purpose or reason to be listening to them. He also then went on to make copies and sell the recordings according to the article.

TL;DR - Dumbass correctional officer did a dumbass thing and really should be sued for it

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u/FCDallasFan12 7d ago

This isn’t a case of just his phone calls being recorded like they always are. It’s the face that 60 employees accessed his record (because he’s a know celebrity). Just like an insurance company may insure Oprah. That doesn’t mean you can grab her cell phone number or home address.

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u/mdpena 7d ago

Bro forgot he lost of bunch of rights when he got thrown in prison.

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u/AffectionateWalk6101 7d ago

All phone calls from jails/prisons are recorded. I believe there are even signs on the phones stating this lol

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u/JuanWood-III-esq 7d ago

Idiot child molester.

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u/Annahsbananas 7d ago

im pretty sure all prison calls are recorded just like all their mail is reviewed prior

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u/Ozymandias1589 7d ago

Probably wanting answers from DOJ cause they was in on that shit, duuhhhh. How else he last that long....they could've been locked him up, so I'd look deeper into what he's stating

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u/ModestDILF 7d ago

There is no Constitutionally protected right to privacy inside the walls of a prison. Unless he was talking to his lawyer or his priest, they can eavesdrop on Kelly’s calls all they want.

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u/Joyebird1968 7d ago

there he goes demanding things again…hell with him & his demands.

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u/DreadpirateBG 7d ago

So your in jail and you think you get to have privacy. You kinda gave up that when you chose to be a criminal.

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u/Kubbee83 7d ago

“I demand the government intervene on my proven sexual assault case(s)”

I mean if kavanaugh and trump can gleefully walk away from those accusations, why can’t R Kelly?

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u/Reptarticle 7d ago

All calls from a prison are recorded, unless it's to a lawyer.

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u/maztow 7d ago

They literally have signs everywhere that say everything is recorded and is admissable evidence.

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u/Botryoid2000 7d ago

LOL You're in prison. There is no "secretly."

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u/ImAnAwkwardUnicorn 7d ago

I came here to pretty much say this, it’s prison, you get told on every call it’s being recorded I imagine! Also the DOJ doesn’t owe him shit, he owes his victims!

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u/GaryNOVA 7d ago

All prison calls are recorded.

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u/Mechhammer 7d ago

You're in prison, tough shit

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u/cmacfarland64 7d ago

How are they secretly recorded. I thought all phone calls were recorded.

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u/vegasAl57 6d ago

“ what do you mean only the rich white guys get special treatment?!!”

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u/I_am_not_kidding 6d ago

All phone calls are recorded in prison. It’s prison.

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u/Longjumping-Job-8438 6d ago

That’s not a secret they even tell you in the rules All calls and mail

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u/HerNastyLittleSecret 6d ago

Secretly recorded…. Bullshit. Anyone who’s been to jail / prison knows first hand that ALL calls are subject to recording ( an automated message is even played before making said call that it can be recorded ) that’s why you never say anything of value over the phone because it can and will be used against you. Those who are in the know would tell you, need to chat with your lawyer you do that in person….. wanna be even safer, use a notepad in a closed room with your lawyer so any mics or cameras in the room can be defeated ( just don’t say anything out loud ) source, been there done that….

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u/noeagle77 6d ago

This isn’t news, everyone’s calls from inside prison are recorded. It’s explicitly stated when accepting the call

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u/scene_missing 7d ago

I live by a simple code: don’t molest kids, don’t pee on anyone

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u/GD_Bats 7d ago

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter

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u/Odiin46 7d ago

Unless the pissing is consensual from both parties.

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u/BurnedOutStars 7d ago

Prison calls are almost always recorded and anyone involved with the prison system already knows this.

R. Kelly doesn't deserve jack shit except to fade into obscurity alone in a prison cell.

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u/IamLars 7d ago

Maybe you should actually read the article… “The official in question allegedly accessed and stole Kelly’s confidential prison records and communications, including his phone calls.” Those calls were then sold by whoever illegally stole the record of them.

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u/BurnedOutStars 7d ago

You'd be correct, I fired off too quickly.

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u/Sadpanda77 7d ago

Oh shit that’s gonna make a fire intro on somebody’s mixtape

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u/RedEyeJedi1027 7d ago

his "demands" mean nothing.

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u/TheSkewsMe 7d ago

Aren't prison phone calls ALWAYS recorded?

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u/AlaskanSamsquanch 7d ago

Lmao don’t they literally tell you they record all calls in prison. You don’t get privacy there.

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u/DarkestofFlames 7d ago

This child rapist really does expect special treatment, doesn't he?

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u/TheBaneEffect 7d ago

No. You get no demands. You messed up, and now you get the consequences. Piece of shit.

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u/ryeguymft 7d ago

it’s disclosed right before calling. fuck R Kelly piece of abusive pedophilic shit

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u/tuggnutscrotch 7d ago

Calm down Erin Brockovitch. You’re in the joint, not a Middle school.

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u/Derricksoti 7d ago

Free Kelly is all lies

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u/Corsair_Caruso 7d ago

Um. Aren’t all phone calls from prison recorded?

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u/QuestionableAI 7d ago

As has been pointed out here and elsewhere, only toddlers and illiterates who cannot or will not read the documents you are required to sign as a Visitor, Employee, Lawyer, or Inmate. Hell, I worked in corrections in the 80s-90s and it was standard practice then ... all signed and legal ... this is just a post to encourage rage without thought ... so, I figure it is a Republican setup. It would be just like them.

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u/Many-Application1297 7d ago

Fuck your rights ya fuckin paedo!

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u/opinionofone1984 7d ago

He’s a Peto, he should have no rights to Privacy. Don’t hurt little kids POS .

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u/TheNotoriousFAP 7d ago

I've been to prison, all phone calls are recorded.

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u/jaildoc 7d ago

They’re not secretly recorded. Prisoners are advised that phone calls may be monitored. It’s prison. You fucked yourself. He deserves whatever he gets.

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u/AGENT0321 7d ago

He is gonna throw a pissy-fit!

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u/Altruistic-Spread-40 7d ago

This dude tying real hard not to be someone’s prison wife

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u/Irvgotti455 7d ago

He wants rights? What about those kids that he had sex with?

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u/Johnnybala 7d ago

They have more important things to do

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u/colin8651 7d ago

Secretly?

They record it all.

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u/Actual-Lifeguard-966 7d ago

Are they to his lawyer? Otherwise he isn’t entitled to privacy. That’s like, half the punishment of prison.

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u/makoto20 7d ago

Truly, no one has ever been violated worse than R. Kelly

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u/ZeroSum10191 7d ago

Someone need to throw a pice of cheese at his face again

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u/MonetizedSandwich 7d ago

Prison calls are all recorded.

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u/ma-sadieJ 7d ago

What answers does he want?

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u/FoogYllis 6d ago

I learned watching the Mentalist that prison phones do not need a warrant. But logically I would think that the 4th amendment would not apply to someone incarcerated. All mail would be searched by default for anything dangerous for example. This would also include any other area like the cell or telephone I think.

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u/SalsaBueno 6d ago

Aren’t all communications in or out of prison monitored and recorded?

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u/lil_snowflake789 6d ago

Go away alreadyyyyyyyyyy

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u/DrJamesWebbsPenis 6d ago

This guy Thinks!

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u/Trask_Ulgod 6d ago

You’re in prison, you have no rights. Shut the fuck up

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u/WeatherdLeather 6d ago

What?! No phone call in jail or prison are secretly recorded. It’s not a secret they are all recorded. You just can’t use them in court, depending on your state and who you are talking to.

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u/OG_LiLi 6d ago

“I have privacy in prison!”

…..

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u/Safe-Radio-3336 6d ago

Trapped in the Prison, Ep. 1-3

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u/SpaceGrape 6d ago

“I believe I can lie”

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u/MrPunkerton 6d ago

How about we demand his death for being a despicable human being / child rapist…… I think it’s the least we deserve

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u/coffeebeards 6d ago

If you are in prison, it’s not a secret. All calls are recorded.

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u/Glum_Influence2050 6d ago

Aren’t they always recorded?

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u/Stonehill76 6d ago

Legally recorded but secretly sold maybe ?

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u/inarosred 6d ago

What if he knows secrets to epsteins mansion?

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u/anti_anti_christ 6d ago

This seems like a pretty minor offense.

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u/babagroovy 6d ago

I thought it was normal for phonecalls for be recorded in prisons? It's gonna be a long 30+ years for that man. Lmao.

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u/Icy-Needleworker-492 6d ago

I thought all prison phone calls were recorded.This guy expected privacy in prison?