Jussie Smollett sentenced in 2019 hate crime hoax


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Jussie Smollett realized his long-awaited destiny when he was sentenced on Thursday after being convicted final yr of staging a hate crime towards himself and mendacity about it to Chicago legislation enforcement.

When Smollett returned to Prepare dinner County court docket on Thursday – after a lot back-and-forth by his protection group and prosecutors over 4 hours – he was sentenced to thirty months felony probation, restitution to the town of Chicago within the quantity of $120,106, a nice of $25,000, and 150 days within the Prepare dinner County Jail. 

Requested if he needed to take the stand previous to his sentencing, “No your honor I don’t want to say anything. Thank you.”

Smollett’s protection group, helmed by lead protection legal professional Nenye Uche, tried to get the conviction thrown out by declaring what they allege was a bevy of “flagrant errors” that labored towards the actor in the course of the course of the Smollett trial. 

Counsel group member Tina Glandian stated Smollett’s rights have been violated and in addition introduced up the concept “the charges should have been dismissed” given the truth that the Smollett case was initially dismissed and Smollett was given group service and forfeited $10,000.


“At the end of the day a deal is a deal and the case should have been dismissed because of this,” Glandian argued on Thursday, sustaining in earnest that, “We think the jury selection process was flawed.”

“Anyone looking at this jury could tell it was not a jury of Mr. Smollett’s peers in Chicago,” she orated in protection of the actor and singer.

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Courtroom testimony on behalf of Smollett heard many from the performer’s private life converse out in help of his character and charity efforts.

Following an announcement from the actor’s older brother, Jojo Smollett, through which he pleaded to the court docket that his brother had already handled sufficient punishment by “Empire” being “ripped away from him before he was even charged,” the “anxiety” that Smollett has already suffered together with the “pseudo house arrest” he has since been on within the midst of his trial, Smollett’s grandmother, Molly Smollett, 92, additionally took the witness stand and admonished the media whereas difficult journalists to do higher investigative reporting.

Choose Linn additionally learn filed court docket statements from Smollett’s friends in leisure, together with that of actor Samuel L. Jackson and his spouse, who requested Smollett not be handed any jail time. 

“We’ve known Jussie since he was a baby,” the memorandum acknowledged and added that Smollett “has already suffered.”


Prosecutor Sam Mendenhall additionally learn a signed assertion from Chicago Police Chief David Brown that requested Smollett pay restitution within the quantity of $130,106 to the division given the sources deployed with a view to correctly examine the legitimacy of the alleged hate crime.

Webb intently requested the choose give Smollett jail time on the idea of three aggravating components that Smollett engaged in critical felony misconduct, lied beneath oath for hours, and that Smollett has proven no contrition for his actions and by no means accepted duty.

After rebuttal by prosecutors, Choose James Linn upheld his perception that Smollett was granted a good trial and denied Smollett’s request for a brand new one altogether.

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“I’ve never had a case as voluminous as this,” Linn acknowledged to the court docket. “Public confidence in this case was shaken and the appointment of a special prosecutor was necessary.”

In December, the previous “Empire” actor, 39, was discovered responsible by a jury on 5 of six counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the 2019 falsely reported hate crime through which he claimed that two males attacked him on account of his pores and skin shade and sexual orientation.


Among the many shocking claims made in Smollett’s testimony was the revelation that the actor acquired a textual content from CNN’s Don Lemon, supposedly relaying info that the Chicago Police Division didn’t imagine Smollett’s account of what occurred.

He was discovered responsible of telling a police officer he was a hate crime sufferer, telling an officer he was a battery sufferer, telling a detective he was a hate crime sufferer, telling a detective he was a battery sufferer after which telling a detective once more he was battery sufferer. He was not discovered responsible on a sixth cost of telling a second detective he was an aggravated battery sufferer.

Following the responsible verdict in December, particular prosecutor Dan Webb addressed the media and advised reporters from the courthouse lobby that his message to the jury was easy – Smollett “faked a hate crime and then lied to the police about it and then compounded his crimes by lying to the jury during the course of this trial and insulting their intelligence.”

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“With the resounding verdict we just received from this jury after one day of deliberations in which they found Mr. Smollett guilty on virtually all charges of doing exactly what we said he did – reporting a fake crime to the Chicago Police Department as a real crime. That verdict was a resounding message by the jury that, in fact, Mr. Smollett did exactly what we said he did.”

Webb additionally delved into the man-hours that he believes went into investigating Smollett’s hoax assault, telling media members that “26 Chicago police officers spent 3000 hours of time, costing the city well over $100,000 for a fake crime that never occurred.”

Added the prosecutor: “And, by the way, a fake crime that denigrates what a real hate crime is. And to use these meanings and symbols that are so abhorrent in our society it’s clear why the police would take it seriously. And they did.”


Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett confronted as much as 15 years in jail after he was convicted of staging a hate crime towards himself and mendacity to legislation enforcement about it.
(AP Photograph/Matt Marton, file)

Gloria Rodriguez, the legal professional for the Osundairo brothers, additionally spoke to the press from the courthouse on the time and stated her purchasers “could not be more thrilled” with the responsible verdict, absolving their names that she stated have been “dragged through the mud.”

Since being accused of staging the assault, Smollett has maintained his innocence and stated throughout his two-day testimony that “there was no hate crime hoax from my standpoint.”

Each day Submit’ Matt Finn contributed to this report.


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