Another Door Shuts In Hate Crime Faker Jussie Smollett's Face, Judge Denies Trial Delay
Alleged faker, Jussie Smollett, appeared in a Chicago courthouse where he and his attorney found themselves sorely disappointed. The former 'Empire' star was to be arraigned on 6 new charges of disorderly conduct for staging a fake hate crime, last year, and blaming it on Trump Supporters.
Smollett’s attorneys asked for a delay of the arraignment and told Judge James Linn they had filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him with his court and the Illinois Supreme Court on grounds of double-jeopardy, the BlueLivesMatter reported.
Linn declined to delay the arraignment and released Smollett on his own recognizance.
The judge scheduled the next hearing for March 18 and told the actor he was expected to appear in court for hearings during which any substantive arguments would be made, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Smollett’s attorneys have asked the state’s highest court to issue a stay in the criminal case, dismiss the indictment against the actor, and vacate the prior court order that established attorney Dan Webb as the special prosecutor in the case.
They have also argued that the new indictment violates double-jeopardy protections since earlier charges against Smollett were dropped in March of 2019, the Chicago Tribune reported.
WFLD reported that Webb had indicted Smollett on new charges on Feb. 11.
The indictment happened just one month after a Cook County judge ordered Google to turn over the copious amounts of information from the accounts Smollett and his manager and five months after the special prosecutor began his investigation.
Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told police last year he was attacked by two men as he was walking home after getting a sandwich at a Subway restaurant. The men, who were reportedly wearing MAGA hats, shouted slurs, poured bleach or a similar substance on him and hung a noose around his neck, he told officers.
The two 'attackers' came out later against Smollett, reporting that he had hired them to stage the attack. The men are two brothers originally from Nigeria.
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