Actor and race-baiting faker Jussie Smollett decided to carry on this farce even further when he pleaded “not guilty” today in a Chicago courtroom.
The police have the confessions of the two men, have the check written to them, etc. He is a cooked turkey. He would be better off confessing and put himself at the mercy of the court. This dude must have the best lawyers ever, or he has a serious ace up his sleeve because all that evidence says he’s guilty.
He will delay as long as possible at the last minute agree to a reduced celebrity plea deal of community service and claim he agreed to the deal to be done with it. Doubtful he will ever actually admit to it in an interview
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court on Thursday to new charges that he falsely reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on a city street.
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Wearing a navy suit and dress coat, Smollett, 36, appeared serious and quiet standing next to his attorneys as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to his case.
In a 16-count indictment returned by a grand jury last Thursday, Smollett, who is black, openly gay and plays a gay musician on Fox’s hip-hop drama, was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct alleging he gave false accounts of an attack on him to police investigators.
Each count carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. [excerpt via Reuters]
Smollett may plead not guilty, but all the evidence points to his planning, paying for, and carrying out the attack on himself to further racial and gay hatred in this country! Frankly, I think he should both pay a substantial penalty and serve a minimum of one year in prison.
This could also be a lawyer thing. Smollett’s attorney #1 strategy would be to drag this case out as much as possible threatening to appeal and appeal again and hoping the court will cut a deal rather than going through a lengthy process at taxpayer’s expense.
However, if justice prevails, Smollett defiance and lack of remorse will only result in harsher sentencing with overwhelming evidence against him. Smollett’s attorney has nothing to lose since he will get paid no matter what happens.
One thing to remember, ninety-nine percent of people who go to court for a crime they committed “plea not guilty,” but that doesn’t mean they didn’t do it. They want the courts (or jury) to take a look at all evidence, (they think that they can beat the system by coming back with a verdict of being found not guilty on reasonable doubt. They are hoping to get someone on their side. (This rarely works!)
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