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Wtf?  Not guilty?

 

 

his attorney is hot 

 

 

 

 

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to charges that he staged a hoax

By Bill Kirkos and Steve Almasy, CNN

Updated at 12:50 PM ET, Thu March 14, 2019

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 felony counts 02:19
Chicago (CNN) — Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to accusations that he staged a hate crime and filed a false police report.
The "Empire" actor, 36, was arraigned before Judge Steven Gregory Watkins, and his attorney entered the formal not guilty plea on his behalf. Watkins agreed to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York to meet with his lawyers and set his next hearing for April 17.
Gloria Schmidt, the attorney for the brothers allegedly involved in the incident, was also seated in the courtroom.
Smollett also was in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether a judge should allow cameras in court. His legal team said it welcomed cameras due to what it described as "misinformation" leaked to the media since Smollett reported being attacked in January
 
"There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett, which is demonstrably false," said Tina Glandian, the attorney for the actor:
"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is actually going to be the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett. And we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out."
Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury.
Mark Geragos, one of Smollett's attorneys and a CNN legal analyst, said the actor maintains his innocence and called the indictment "prosecutorial overkill."
"This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines," Geragos said.
Smollett reported to police in January that he had been attacked in Chicago in an incident that ended with a noose around his neck. Police initially investigated the case as a possible hate crime.
The counts in the indictment obtained by CNN say Smollett gave statements to a Chicago police officer after the incident and to a detective. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says.
The indictment says Smollett told police he was attacked around 2 a.m. by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs.
After police detained two brothers who were "persons of interest" in the case in mid-February, police sources revealed that authorities suspected Smollett knew the men and allegedly had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. The men were released without being charged. 
Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack. 
He was charged in February with felony disorderly conduct. The judge granted a $100,000 bail, and Smollett paid a $10,000 bond. He was ordered to give up his passport and will remain under supervision until his case is adjudicated.
"Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense," Smollett's attorneys said in February.
 
The subsection of the Illinois law states: "A person commits disorderly conduct when he or she knowingly ... (4) Transmits or causes to be transmitted in any manner to any peace officer, public officer or public employee a report to the effect that an offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed, knowing at the time of the transmission that there is no reasonable ground for believing that the offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed."
"Empire" producers decided to remove Smollett's character, Jamal, from the final two episodes of the season. The decision was made to "avoid further disruption on set," producers said.

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How's does he plead not guilty,  The two guys he paid admitted to it. He should have to pay all court costs and go to prison.

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Wtf?  Not guilty?

Cook County?  Home of Barack Obama.  Bill Ayres. Bernadine Dohrn.  And, tons of people who racially look just like Smollett.  Do you really think it will take a rocket scientist of a lawyer to find a juror who will say "not guilty" no matter what evidence is presented?

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26 minutes ago, king of the county said:

Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury.

He just did one stupid thing, once, at most. So why 16 felony counts?

 

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1 hour ago, XavierOnassis said:

He just did one stupid thing, once, at most. So why 16 felony counts?

 

Maybe this will help 

 

 

 

For Jussie Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

 

 
March 9, 2019 at 5:11 PM EST - Updated March 9 at 5:38 PM 

CHICAGO (AP) — News that a grand jury had indicted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett had been arrested on last month had turned into 16.

The reasons Smollett is facing 16 counts rather than just one count of disorderly conduct — the felony in Illinois that people are charged with when accused of lying to police — are not fully explained in the indictment that a grand jury returned Thursday. But legal experts say indictments like that aren't uncommon in Chicago, and there are some explanations as to how the grand jury could have arrived at the 16 counts, eight of them for Smollett's comments to a police officer and eight others for what he told a detective.

The first starts with something that has been apparent since Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson briefed reporters last month on the investigation: Authorities are angry at Smollett.

"What you have is a police department and prosecutors that are obviously mad at him for embarrassing the city so they took every one of his lies and made it into another count," said Terry Sullivan, a prominent local attorney who as a young prosecutor helped convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy in 1980 of killing 33 young men.

 

Smollett’s attorney, Mark Geragos, called the 16-count indictment “prosecutorial overkill.” But prominent Chicago defense attorney Joseph Lopez, who is not involved in the Smollett case, said it’s the way prosecutors in Chicago do business.

"It is common practice for the Cook County state's attorney to charge as much as they can for any kind of crime," he said.

A former state appellate judge suggested such a strategy might be employed by prosecutors trying to protect themselves from the possibility that a jury or a judge might believe some, but not all, of the allegations.

"If you only charge him with one or two counts and they find him not guilty of them, you're done," said David Erickson, who now teaches at Chicago Kent College of Law. "This gives the prosecution the ability to convict him of any one of these lies."

 

Lopez said it appears that when prosecutors went to the grand jury they simply dissected the case, breaking Smollett's account into each individual pieces and accuse him of one count per detail they believe he made up.

That means that one count might stem from Smollett's contention that the men hurled racial and homophobic taunts at him and another for what he said was the way they beat him. Another could be tied to his claim that the men doused him with an unknown chemical and another still for his statement that one of them looped a rope tied like a noose around his neck. Then there was his assertion, police said, that he could see one of the men was white because he could see the skin around his eyes. The two men police say Smollett hired to take part in the attack are both black.

"The lies add up pretty fast," Lopez said.

Another explanation for the multiple counts is that perhaps Smollett gave multiple statements to the police, meaning that individual counts represent separate interviews with police. But Lopez finds that unlikely because all the counts list the same date — Jan. 29.

 

Each count is a Class 4 felony, which carries a possible prison sentence of one to three years. If Smollett is convicted, a judge could allow him to be given probation instead of imposing a prison sentence.

Lopez and Erickson agreed that if Smollett is convicted, it won't matter whether it's on one or several counts when it comes to sentencing. That's because he would be sentenced for only one of them.

"If you add them all up it's still only one crime," Erickson said. "That's just how it is."

Smollett's legal troubles may not begin and end with this one indictment. Johnson told reporters that police suspect that Smollett sent to Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot a letter threatening the actor. The FBI, which is investigating that letter, has declined to comment on the investigation.

 

But if he did talk to the FBI, depending on what he said, he could be in more legal trouble.

"Lying to the FBI is a crime," said Erickson.

Smollett is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, where he will likely enter a formal plea to the 16 counts.

"Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption," Geragos, his attorney, said.

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I can't figure out why anyone cares about this.  Dude belongs in prison, paying a hefty fine, and probably some psychiatric treatment, to boot.

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3 hours ago, splunch said:

I can't figure out why anyone cares about this.  Dude belongs in prison, paying a hefty fine, and probably some psychiatric treatment, to boot.

Because many media outlets and public figures/politicians stated this hate must end and it appears he staged the whole thing 

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Jusse is not too bright. The cops have him. A guilty plea would have meant a deal and he would have been a bigger democrat hero than he already is. Now his lawyers are going to make a fortune and the Judge could throw the book at him. Jusse is looking at some jail time. His mother is a good friend of the commie Angela Davis.

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4 hours ago, johndnorth said:

Jusse is not too bright. The cops have him. A guilty plea would have meant a deal and he would have been a bigger democrat hero than he already is. Now his lawyers are going to make a fortune and the Judge could throw the book at him. Jusse is looking at some jail time. His mother is a good friend of the commie Angela Davis.

 

He coulda been a contenda.

 

Maybe made Ambassador to Somalia.

 

 

 

kj

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10 hours ago, XavierOnassis said:

He just did one stupid thing, once, at most. So why 16 felony counts?

 

cause hes a criminal lying nig who broke alot of laws

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19 hours ago, XavierOnassis said:

He just did one stupid thing, once, at most. So why 16 felony counts?

 

Each time he lied he received a count.   That’s how Chicago does things.

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9 hours ago, KneeJerk said:

His mother is a good friend of the commie Angela Davis.

Yeah, right. People deserve to be jailed if their mother is a friend of Angela Davis.  Clearly a crime.

Your system of justice here resembles that of North Korea.

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He just did one stupid thing, once, at most. So why 16 felony counts?

He's charged with 16 felony counts so that his lawyer can charge him 16 times as much to defend him!  Has he started a "go fund me page" yet?:D

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2 minutes ago, Chiseler said:

he's fu cked if his 2 friends spilled the beans

He wrote them a check!   He wanted more salary now his hot big tittied lawyer is going to sock it to him with her legal fees 

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He wrote them a check!   He wanted more salary now his hot big tittied lawyer is going to sock it to him with her legal fees

  I don't care if he never does a day of time.  So long as his lawyers take his ATM card and pin number and then tells him he better get to work hustling to keep money pouring into that account for his legal defense team.

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