Things in this legal matter took an unexpected turn…
Based on TMZ, Jussie Smollett will be released from prison while he is trying to appeal his sentence because five counts of felony disorderly conduct Later, the court discovered, lied to the police that he was the victim of a hateful crime. After just six days behind bars, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the 39-year-old actor would have to post a $150,000 fine to be released. Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois. His exact release date is still unclear at this point. OH…
While we bet Jussie is delighted by the news, the state seems very unhappy with the court’s latest decision. Each TMZthey said in a statement:
“Instead of trying to meet the responsibility of presenting a good reason for immediate release, Mr. Smollett just made short, bad arguments that were undeveloped. Each failed to present a valid reason to stay in his or her prison sentence.”
The shocking verdict came after Judge James Linn judge Empire Weekend alum to get started right away 150 days in prison and was ordered to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus a $25,000 fine. He also faces 30 months of felony probation. The judge convicted Smollett for his role in the staging of a hoax hate crime while announcing his sentencing on March 10, saying:
“You are not a victim of a racist hate crime, you are not a victim of a hate crime, you are just a quack pretending to be a victim of a hate crime and that especially shameful. You have another side of you that is arrogant and selfish and deeply narcissistic and that bad side of you showed in the process. Your performance in the witness stand, this can only be described as pure perjury. You stood on the witness stand… you committed perjury for hours. ”
The singer also spoke out in the courtroom at the time, upholding his innocence and also issuing a disturbing warning:
“I did not do this. And I don’t commit suicide. If anything happened to me when I got in there, I didn’t do it to myself, and you all must know it. I respect you, your honor. I respect your decision.”
His security team continued to push for his release, even claiming at one point that Smollett could be in physical danger if he remained locked up. Based on TMZ, attorneys said he allegedly received numerous racist and homophobic text messages and phone calls since he was sent to prison. They also note that because Smollett is immunocompromised, he is at high risk of contracting COVID-19 while in prison, and therefore, he should be released. Besides, Related press reports that his lawyers argued that the star had completed the sentence by the time he could appeal the sentence.
In the end, it seems their argument worked. React, longtime readers? Let us know in the comments below).
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