Just Like That, Jussie Smollett Walks Free
Former actor Jussie Smollett started an uproar with his reported fake hate crime. In a ridiculous plea to the court, Smollett gave the impression that officers might try to kill him and stage a suicide. Citing his safety, a judge let Smollett out while his lawyers work an appeal...
CBS reported that Smollett walked out of a Chicago prison on Wednesday night. An appeals court earlier cleared the way for his release, ordering the actor be released from jail after posting a personal recognizance bond of $150,000, and pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.
The former "Empire" actor was surrounded by security as he exited the Cook County Jail. He did not comment as he got into an awaiting SUV, but his attorneys said he was the target of a racist justice system and people playing politics.
Smollett's attorneys had argued that he would have completed the sentence by the time the appeal process was completed and that Smollett could be in danger of physical harm if he remained in jail.
Now, Smollett's defense attorney Nenye Uche is seeking to file an appeal of the verdict.
"We are very happy with the ruling made by the Illinois District Appellate Court," Uche said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "We are pleased that sensationalism and politics will be put aside and we can finally have an intellectual discussion about our laws with our esteemed appellate court.
During his sentencing, Smollett maintained his innocence.
"I did not do this, and I am not suicidal, and if anything happens to me when I go there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that," Smollett said during his sentencing hearing.
"Your honor, I respect you, and I respect your decision, but I did not do this, and I am not suicidal," Smollett said at his sentencing. "If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that."
Smollett's team plans to argue 'double jeopardy since the original prosecutor chose not to prosecute prior to her removal. Some experts who spoke with Fox argued that Smollett's team makes a pretty good case. This all means that the accused faker may very well walk free, with no jail time, probation, or finds.