Jussie Smollett news shows that the former ‘Empire’ actor and convict just got a get out of jail free card in Chicago. After serving six days of a 150 day sentence, he walked out of a Cook County jail today because he wants to appeal, within the comfort of his own home, his conviction for faking a hate crime and the judge agreed.
Smollett is free after posting a required $150,000 personal recognizance bond and he had bodyguards protecting him as he got into a waiting SUV. Afterward his lawyer asked rhetorically, “Should black men be walked into jail with a class four felony? Shame on you if you think so. People are still trying to lock black men up and it’s a disgrace.”
The Convicted Actor Is Free
Nenye Uche is Smollett’s lawyer. He said that the disgraced actor, “reacted with ‘shock’ at being freed,” according to the Daily News. That is the reaction of social media in general as well. Apparently after less than week in jail Smollett, “had nearly given up.”
Smollett spent two of those days with, “the general jail population, and four in a psychiatric unit over fears for his mental wellbeing,” despite his courtroom outburst that he was not “suicidal.” He ranted about the state of his mental health after the judge sentenced him and later his brother went on social media to reiterate those words. Someone at the jail must have thought otherwise.
The Disgraced Actor Walks Free
He was sentenced to a 150 day jail term, not a six day stay, but instead of Smollet remaining behind bars with the other convicts, “judges ruled that he should go free while his lawyers work on the appeal of his conviction on five felony counts of lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.”
Was Justice Served For Jussie Smollett?
His lawyer Uche told the media, “Obviously the Smollett family are very, very happy about this. We are elated.” Obviously.
He then criticized the judge in Smollett’s court case: “There is no room for politics in our court system, and our appellate courts do not play politics.” Next he questioned whether his convicted client, “should have been tried in the first place.”
The witty lawyer opined, “I wondered to myself whether Chicago had succeeded from the union.”
The lawyer believes that instead of serving time for five felony counts, Smollett should have been Scot free after paying a $10,000 fine and doing some community service.
Another of Smollett’s lawyers declared, “I hope every citizen of Chicago realizes how important this case is. Because it could be you.” Actually no, unless “every citizen” is convicted of faking race and homophobic hate crimes, convicted of five felony charges, and sentenced to 150 days in jail before being allowed to walk free. How many citizens does that describe?
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