Year after sentencing, actor Jussie Smollett appeals, claiming his double-jeopardy rights were violated, trial judge biased
The onetime “Empire” star was convicted by a jury in December 2021 of paying two acquaintances to fake a racist and homophobic attack on him to get exposure and boost his career.chicagotribune.com
Jussie Smollett is out of jail, but faces uncertain future
Jussie Smollett walked out of a Chicago jail after serving six days and walked into months, if not years, of uncertainty — from what's next for his career as an actor and performer to whether he'll eventually be back behind bars. The former star of the TV show “Empire" was sentenced last week to 150 days in jail plus probation and a fine after a jury found him guilty of lying to police about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in 2019. Smollett, who is Black and gay, has maintained his innocence.news.yahoo.com
Appeals court to rule if Jussie Smollett should stay in jail
Jussie Smollett's attorneys say they're planning to appeal nearly everything that went on in court over the last few months — from the actor's December conviction of lying to police to the 150-day sentence a judge imposed last week. Now, the issue of whether Smollett must sit in jail during these planned appeals is before a state appeals court and while the appeals could take months to resolve, the question of whether Smollett remains locked up will be resolved much quicker. The way Smollett's attorneys see it, such an order is justified because it's almost certain that Smollett would complete his 150-day jail sentence — which could shrink to 75 days if he behaves himself in jail — before the appeals on the conviction and sentence are decided.news.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett put in psych ward after being deemed a self-harm risk, his brother says
Jail officials moved former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett to a psychiatric ward after deeming him a risk of self-harm, according to an outraged brother of the actor. Two days after Jussie was sentenced to five months at Cook County Jail in Chicago for lying to police about a made-up homophobic and racist attack, the actor’s sibling Jocqui Smollett slammed his placement in a psych ward as “a ...news.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett’s mug shot released after he’s sentenced to jail for staging 2019 hate crime
Jussie Smollett’s new mugshot has been released. The former “Empire” star was sentenced Thursday to 150 days in jail and 30 months’ probation for falsely reporting to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019. He was also ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine. Smollett was found guilty in December of five counts of felony ...news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: What charges did Jussie Smollett face at trial?
The legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett’s claim in 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago culminated Thursday in his sentencing to 150 days in jail and being ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail in fake attack
A judge sentenced Jussie Smollett to 150 days in jail Thursday, branding the Black and gay actor a narcissistic charlatan for staging a hate crime against himself to grab the limelight while the nation struggled with wrenching issues of racial injustice. Smollett responded by defiantly maintaining his innocence and suggesting he could be killed in jail. The sentence and Smollett’s post-hearing outburst capped an hourslong hearing and more than three years of legal drama following Smollett's claim that he had been the target of a racist and homophobic attack.news.yahoo.com
2 dead, at least 7 wounded in city gun violence since Friday evening
Two people are dead, and at least seven others were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who flagged down police and said him and his brother were just shot on Doty Avenue where officers found his sibling shot in the neck and lying in the street.chicagotribune.com
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
The lone Black juror on the panel that convicted Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police about what authorities say was a staged hate crime says he cannot get past how the actor put a noose around his neck when officers were coming to interview him.
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
If others saw the noose as Smollett's clumsy effort to portray his attackers as racist, Andre Hope saw much more. “As an African American person, I'm not putting that noose back on at all, " Andre Hope told WLS-TV. At trial, Smollett testified that after the attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019, he returned home and put the rope back around his neck so police who came to his apartment soon after could see it. In an interview with NewsNation Now after Smollett was found guilty last Thursday, Eddie Johnson — who was Chicago police superintendent in January 2019 when Smollett said he was attacked — said virtually the same thing.news.yahoo.com
Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper
In an Instagram post this weekend, Tina Knowles-Lawson questioned if actor Jussie Smollett would receive “the same compassion” shown to […] The post Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Rescue and recovery efforts underway after deadly tornadoes
Recovery efforts are just beginning after the lives and homes of countless families were destroyed by a historic run of December tornadoes. CBS News anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell is in Mayfield, Kentucky, and joined CBSN to talk more about the devastation on the ground and the search for survivors.news.yahoo.com
In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career
As Jussie Smollett fights criminal charges that he lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his supporters are also working on a broader strategy: Ensuring the 39-year-old emerges from the scandal with his reputation and career intact, whatever the outcome of the trial.
Hunt still on for suspects in ransacking of Chicago stores
FILE In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, Kajal Dalal walks through the her family's food and liquor store after it was vandalized in downtown Chicago. A Chicago police task force that was formed after crowds swarmed into downtown and smashed their way into hundreds of stores in August is still investigating and making arrests four months later. They keep adding to the nearly 100 video clips they've posted online in the hopes someone might identify suspects. “The message (to suspects) is the task force isn’t quitting ... and you will eventually be found and arrested,” Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said. Just as detectives stitched together videos to follow two men who allegedly participated in the attack on Smollett, Looting Task Force detectives followed suspects as they moved from store to store.
Review cites 'operational failures' in Smollett prosecution
“There were not thousands of (or, arguably any) similar cases” resolved by Foxx's office the way they resolved Smollett’s case, Webb said. And Smollett, Webb noted, was able to walk away without admitting any wrongdoing. Webb said Foxx began speaking to her before suspicions were raised that Jussie Smollett may have staged the attack on himself. “State’s Attorney Foxx then made false statements to the media claiming she ceased all communications with Ms. Smollett,” Webb concluded. The alleged false statements started to pile up.
Foxx touts record as Smollett case engulfs Illinois primary
“The Jussie Smollett case was a pebble in the giant boulder of her career. She isn’t getting a fair shake.”Foxx is counting on more voters like Smith as she seeks a second term against three Democratic primary challengers who've seized on the Smollett case and a fractured relationship with police. Things worsened when the Smollett charges were dropped. Still, the Smollett case does resonate with some. Chicagoan Demetrius Williams, 35, voted for Foxx before but thinks Smollett got off easy and will support Conway.
Vivica A. Fox Hints at a Potential Jussie Smollett Cameo on the Final Season of 'Empire'
Could Jussie Smollett be making his return to Empire? Fox, who stars as Candace on the series, stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Sunday and opened up about Smollett's exit from Empire ahead of its sixth and final season. "That was tough," Fox admitted of creator Lee Daniels' decision to cut Smollett from the Fox series. Despite that drama, Fox said that "of course" she's still in touch with Smollett, adding, "I love him. RELATED CONTENT: 'Empire': Serayah Reacts to Jussie Smollett Not Returning for Season 6 (Exclusive) Embed Code RestartTerrence Howard Says He Misses Jussie Smollett on 'Empire': 'He Was the Heart of Our Show'How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonFox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
Judge refuses to dismiss Chicago lawsuit against Jussie Smollett
(CNN) - A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett, court documents show. A legal battle is being fought in federal court as Chicago seeks to recover more than $130,000 to cover police overtime during the investigation of Smollett's report of a hate crime attack in January. After police investigated the case for weeks, they said investigators believed Smollett staged the attack to bolster his profile and career. Tuesday, US District Judge Virginia Kendall denied Smollett's request to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed to the discovery phase. Chicago's Department of Law filed the lawsuit in state court in April but the case was later moved to federal court.
Terrence Howard Says He Misses Jussie Smollett on 'Empire': 'He Was the Heart of Our
Terrence Howard is standing by Jussie Smollett even now that he's off Empire. "And then, out of nowhere, you know, he's snatched away from us," he continued. Jamal's absence in the sixth and final season has simply been explained by his mother, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), saying he left for London to escape the Lyon drama. When Empire does air its final episode, Howard plans to walk away from acting, something he said he's "dead serious" about. RELATED CONTENT:Terrence Howard Expresses Support for Jussie Smollett After Felony Charge: 'We Love the Hell Outta You'How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonFox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
How 'Empire' Addressed Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final Season
Warning: Spoilers below from Tuesday's final season premiere of Empire. Empire kicked off its sixth and final season without former star Jussie Smollett, but how did Fox's hip-hop drama explain his absence? In August, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier hinted at how producers planned on addressing Smollett's abrupt absence in the show's final run, saying Jamal would be spending it in post-wedded bliss. "I'm running away [from acting] as quickly as possible to get to where I'm supposed to be. RELATED CONTENT:'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Says He's 'Running Away From Acting' After Final Season (Exclusive)Fox Boss Reveals How 'Empire' Will Address Jussie Smollett's Absence in Final SeasonEmmys 2019: 10 Moments You Didn't See on TV
Judge rules on motions in Smollett case
CHICAGO - A Chicago judge Wednesday denied a request by Jussie Smollett's lawyers that a replacement judge be assigned in the former "Empire" actor's special prosecutor case, in addition to rejecting other motions put forward by Smollett's team. Judge Michael Toomin also denied a motion asking that Smollett's lawyers be allowed to intervene and argue other motions during the court appearance. Smollett's lawyers had hoped to use the brothers' testimony to reveal inconsistencies in their stories, as they are the only two witnesses in the case. Bodycam footage yields new detailsNo timeline has been provided for when Toomin will select a special prosecutor. In the case of a formal recusal, Toomin wrote, the court would have been responsible for appointing a special prosecutor.
Jussie Smollett Shows Cops Noose Around His Neck in Newly Released Video
Police just released nearly 70 hours of footage in the Jussie Smollett case, including video of him showing police the noose that was allegedly put around his neck. In the video, police arrive at Smolletts apartment after he called 911 and the noose can be seen around his neck. In the footage, he tells investigators two men shouted homophobic slurs at him and put the noose around his neck. In another newly released video, the brothers can be seen in hazmat suits inside a taxi. Chris Rock Wonders 'What the Hell' Jussie Smollett Was ThinkingJussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Counts by Grand Jury