Jussie Smollett sentence: Osundairo brothers break silence, hope ruling ‘brings closure to people of Chicago’


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The Osundairo brothers are talking out following Jussie Smollett’s sentencing for faking a 2019 hate crime and mendacity to legislation enforcement.

Bola Osundairo, who had taken the stand as a prosecution witness within the Smollett trial, detailed the brothers’ alleged involvement in how the hoax had been carried out. When the brothers have been in police custody, Bola obtained the next textual content from Smollett, which was proven to the jury:

“Brother, I love you, I stand with you I know 1000%, you and your brother did nothing wrong and never will. Please hit me when they let you go. I’m behind you fully,” Smollett wrote within the textual content message.

The previous “Empire” star, 39, was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months of felony probation and was ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to town of Chicago.


Gloria Rodriguez, the legal professional for the Osundairo brothers, who on the time of Smollett’s conviction in December mentioned her shoppers “could not be more thrilled” with the responsible verdict that absolved them, offered a press release to Each day Submit Digital following Smollett’s sentencing. 

Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to Judge James Linn after his sentence is read at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett speaks to Decide James Linn after his sentence is learn on the Leighton Legal Court docket Constructing, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago.
(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune through AP, Pool)

“The Osundairo brothers were not advocating for any specific sentence, they deferred to the wisdom and experience of Dan Webb and his team, including Sam Mendenhall and Sean Weiber, to bring the Smollett case to its final conclusion,” Rodriguez mentioned within the assertion.

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“The Honorable Judge Linn found the Osundairo brothers not to be criminally connected to Mr. Smollett’s crime in any way, and for anyone continuing to state otherwise simply does not understand the laws or facts in this case.


“Nonetheless, the Osundairo brothers remorse their function within the case and hope that the sentence at the moment brings closure to the affected folks of Chicago. They stay up for telling their story intimately within the very close to future.”

Following his sentence, Smollett stood up and maintained his innocence in a passionate declaration to Cook County Judge James Linn, saying, “I am not suicidal.”

After Smollett was convicted, Rodriguez spoke to reporters about the resources the city had exhausted to investigate the hate crime and subsequently try Smollett for falsely reporting it.

“We honor and respect the jury’s consequence however perceive that there’s a lot of therapeutic that should occur,” she explained. “Before everything, there may be one unsung hero in all of this, and my shoppers actually need to make sure that she will get the credit score she deserves. And that’s retired Decide Sheila O’Brien.

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“Without the judge, we do not have the office of the special prosecutor. We do not have people being held accountable,” Rodriguez mentioned on the time. “We do not have the verdict that we have today. So, wherever you are, Judge O’Brien, my clients and myself, we thank you. 

“We thanks for having the center to file that movement searching for an appointment of the workplace of the particular prosecutor. With out your guts and with out your gumption, we might not be right here at the moment having this closure. So thanks.”

She also thanked Webb for his willingness to even take the case when “no person needed this case. Not one of the different state’s attorneys needed this case. Not one of the different appellate state’s attorneys within the state of Illinois needed this case.”

Attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, center, representing Ola Osundairo, left, talks to reporters in the Leighton Criminal Courthouse lobby Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago, after a jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty on five of six charges he staged a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lied to police about it. 

Legal professional Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, heart, representing Ola Osundairo, left, talks to reporters within the Leighton Legal Courthouse foyer Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago, after a jury discovered actor Jussie Smollett responsible on 5 of six costs he staged a racist, anti-gay assault on himself and lied to police about it. 
(AP Photograph/Charles Rex Arbogast)

“And yet Chief Judge [Michael] Toomin found Winston & Strawn LLP, and thank God that he did and he appointed Dan Webb,” Rodriguez mentioned. “Dan Webb and his team, especially Sean Weiber and Sam Mendenhall, deserve so much credit. I understand that they did this pro bono. 

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“The hours that they put into this case would astound you. The preparation that they needed to undergo. And I do know significantly Sam Mendenhall was right here on this constructing on his birthday. Anniversaries have been missed. Recitals have been missed in order that we might be ready and able to go this final week of trial. So to the workplace of the particular prosecutor, my shoppers and I personally thanks for taking us throughout the end line.”


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