Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped

According to Fox News Jussie Smollett’s Charges were dropped. It was announced today by the court to not proceed with prosecution, however Jussie is expected to give a statement later this evening.

Jussie plead “Not Guilty” to 16 counts of disorderly conduct that came from the incident in which he claimed that two men beat him and in the street and that the attack was a hate crime.

This news came as a surprise because Jussie’s court date wasn’t scheduled until April 17th. Jussie was brought in for an emergency court session where the judge ruled the case against him would be dropped.

Jussie’s attorney Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that “Smollett’s record has been wiped clean”

Representetives from Fox including producers, and the Cook County prosecutors did not comment.

As of right now, there are no new suspects and the two brothers who were accused originally have not been charged.

My Opinion

The April 17th court session for Jussie’s sentencing was supposed to allow the media to be inside the courtroom. During this time the facts and the absolute truth would be made avalable to the public. This emergency court session that happened today was done in secret so that a deal could be made if Jussie pleaded guilty. This way his reputation would not be damaged from the findings. The judge who dismissed the case also granted the motion to seal the case meaning that the events that occurred can be legally deemed “never happened”.

Jussie continues to say he is innocent, however no other persons have been charged with this crime. We will probably never know the truth about what happened at this point because of the sealed case. The two brothers who were accused and then cooperated fully with the investigation have not been charged. My other problem with this case is why would the prosecutors take the case to a grand jury only to drop it suddenly.

If Jussie was in fact innocent then he should have served his day in court and the findings would have been made public.

If Jussie would have gone to court in April full information about the case findings would be made available to the public because the media would have been allowed inside the courtroom. To avoid this, Jussie’s attorneys were able to secure a deal that if Jussie did community service and forfeited his bail funds of $10,000 to the city of Chicago then his record could be expunged and the case would be sealed.

His community service documents were made public record yesterday and it seems they were completed just over the weekend. Also the Chicago Police department released their records of the investigation to the media.

As of today, the Osundairo brothers have not been charged however Smollett’s attorneys want the two brothers investigated. The Osundairo brothers attorneys want them to speak out on what happened publicly however sources say they wont. They were probably paid to not speak on the situation, in order for Smollett to get his deal.

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