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Jussie Smollett Charged With 16 Felony Counts; His Lawyer Mark Geragos Cites:”Redundant & Vindictive Indictment” By Grand Jury

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A grand jury in Chicago on Friday returned with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct and a false report of offence against actor/singer and Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon).  As previously reported, the final few episodes of this season of the music biz soap opera have removed Smollett and his character when they air on Fox.  These new charges come on top of the state charges Smollett receive last month were he could face up to three years in jail.

According to the grand jury, the new counts are based on false statements Jussie allegedly made to Chicago PD officers and detectives while they were investigating the alleged hate crime and attack levied on Smollett which included; racist and homophobic remarks, bleach being thrown at him and a rope ending up around this neck, back on January 29th of this year.  The Chicago PD have provided evidence that Smollett allegedly orchestrated his own attack.

Each of the new charges carries a potential sentence of up to three years , though they are usually bundled together as one upon convictions. However, iu cases where there is Class 4 felonies, usually this is revolved through a plea bargain and probation then long jail time.  But that could turn on its ear, if Smollett decides to fight the charges at trial.

Following the indictment on Friday, Smollett’s defense attorney, high=powered lawyer Mark Geragos came down on the charges stating: “The fact of an indictment was not unexpected  We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination.  What is unexpected, however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie.  This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records. Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption”

Empire is back for the remainder of their 5th season next week on Wednesday March 13th, where some of the earlier episodes of the back-half of the season will feature Smolett, according to reports.

Smollett is due for hisarraignment on Thursday March 14th.

So, what do you think of the latest legal trouble for Smollett? Is it over-the- top as his lawyer, Mark Geragos says? What do you think will end up happening next? Will Smollett end up with jail time? Probation? Or, will somehow his defense team get him off on the counts or a lesser degree of counts, or prove that he is somehow innocent? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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16 counts seems excessive, but obviously the prosecutors are planning for a plea bargain, so they want to start with the best negotiation point possible, from their perspective.

Seems inevitable that Smollett is going to do time for this. I’m not saying he shouldn’t, but on the other horn, y’all know if he was a rich white guy, any potential sentence would be minmized to a ridiculous level, if not eliminated completely. Just ask Paul ManaFart about that.

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Really? Honestly? Hmm…it seems that OJ Simpson was a rich black male who got away with murder. Do you sincerely think that this guy, who orchestrated this whole ridiculous staged attack and sent the Chicago Police department on an expensive tax payer Wild goose chase is being charged excessively?

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The real reason OJ was acquitted is because a racist pig named Mark Fuhrman framed him with faked blood evidence. Why would you go to the trouble of framing a man who was most likely guilty? Because that’s how the racist LAPD rolls…. at least it was in the Daryl Gates era. Maybe they’re less blatantly so now, or just better at hiding it. What happened to Mark Fuhrman? First he moved to Sand Point Idaho (the part of the state where neo-nazis are known to congregate) then later he took a job at FAUX “news”. Go figure…. Ironically OJ… Read more »

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No, he is not, Jason; you are soooo right…..he deserves that and more. But, I’m afraid the sixteen counts will probably be ‘bundled’ into one. He pled not guilty….the gall!! Impudent!! Arrogant!! Everyone, and then some, believes he is the orchestrator; yet, his attorney(s) will find loopholes and he will ( in all likelihood) only get probation. What message will that send to the gay community? To real victims of said crimes?
I hope I am wrong.

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He did the crime?..He should do the time!…had a white person falsely claimed to be attacked by two African Americans there would be more outrage than what he is getting and even marches to have that person do jail time…sorry but thats the truth..i feel a little bad for the actor but still i dislike how(if true)he had staged this just to draw attention to himself!!!

Celia
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Absolutely, Jimmy. It is true……I worry that real victims of such crimes, and beyond, will be scrutinized and not taken seriously. This is a multi-faceted outrage…….to audaciously implicate Trump supporters; to imply that we are vicious racists ( I take it personally) etc., deserves jail time. You are right—-if the situation were reversed, there would be an outbreak of violence……and the name-calling would go unchecked. If this guy does not serve time, it will be a miscarriage of justice. His minions should not get off easy either, my friend. Yet, even certain congress-people get away with anti-Semitic, hateful remarks, whom… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Weell said as always…

Celia
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Celia

❤️–thanks, Jimmy…

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, CeeCeeGirl! This criminal incident concocted by Smollett was disturbing on so many levels…and that is what it was indeed, a CRIME of many different counts! I applaud the Chicago PD for swiftly investigating this farce and calling it out so forcefully….I only hope that the judge and jury of this craven attention-seeker will now duly convict him, not just because he deserves the maximum punishment for pushing this deplorable nonsense which could have incited violence across our entire country, but also as warning shot to other potential troublemakers who might be entertaining similar stunts for personal and political gain.… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

The problem with some of these nouveaux riches, Shaybelle, is that they think they are above the law ( “Can’t Touch This”…..Hollywood at its best. Another example, of the elitist mind-set?…..the Kennedys. Getting away with the unthinkable…..or the Clintons….and so many more…yet, those misdeeds get swept under the rug; while others, whether true or not, conme out in full form. The hypocrisy abounds. First thing on the news this morning ( as I was driving) was another crime committed by several Hollywood elitists….Lori Laughlin ( the picture of purity and innocence) and Felicity Huffman…..among thirty-three others. Bribe upon bribe to… Read more »

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HI Shay & Celia…Thought I would try something different between us…I actually agree with you on some of your points…Smollett, Kennedy (before there was a media, social or not, that would expose his infidelities…what a jerk), Clinton (beyond naughty and he lied) and even Omar. I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt for now, based on her history, that they are “rookie” communications mistakes, on how she has expressed them. I’m thinking Pelosi is trying to “school” her on how to get points across to be more effective. Hard in this day and age. But it’s not just Dems… Read more »

Celia
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You have misconstrued my point, rose. I hold fealty to no party, except to my country, the US of A. I am bi-partisan–Independent–more Libertarian, if you will. I offer opinions, not solutions. I give suggedtions–yet, in the lingrun, people make their own choices–good or bad. That’s our Democracy–God help us if Socialism ever comes into play; where the government holds our very life in its hands. I am a Trump supporter. This fact does not make me a Republican. And, I get my news from unbiased sources, not the three typical networks of fame or ill-repute, albeit I give them… Read more »

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Celia…I have trouble politically identifying myself since I am a small “i” independent, Aquarian person, with mainly just two main parties to pick from. It can be hard. And character is really important to me. I respect you have your reasons for supporting Trump. I had originally watched him in The Apprentice thinking I could learn something about how to be successful in business, and leadership. He lost me back then after a couple of years when I realized it was all entertainment, setting up competition and conflict. And then there was his main prop, Aramosa. Won’t comment on the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Very well written post, rose. Amazing how, when we delve into ourselves, we are more alike than not!! The policies ( most of them) presented by President Trump are more appealing to me than what’s thrown at me from the democratic officials. They all say the same thing, which amounts to nothing. Now, that Beto guy jumped into the ‘ring of fire’—those hand movements are so distracting, he loses my attention. Plus, he’s parroting the same thing as all the rest—-if something is not done with the environment; in twelve years we will what? Perish? The earth will turn to… Read more »

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PS, rose, I am sorry, I completely forgot explaining what I meant about Palestine. This land was known as Judea. It belonged to the Jewish people since King David and the existence of Jerusalem ( circa 3500 BC). The Romans referred to it ( when they descended upon the land) as Philista, which was a small parcel of land in Judea. Therefore, the notion that this was a Palestinian area occupied by the Jews is fallacious. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 declared to make Israel a legal state–it was not until 1948 that the State of Israel became a legal… Read more »

su000
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hi Celia 🙂 !
the actual victims of these crimes and the people that commit them, most likely are laughing their arses off at the Idiot fail..
It was a total FAIL and all know it..
The only person hurt and hurt badly by the dumbass stunt is Jussie Smollett himself.bwahaa!

His deed should be in the in records of dumbest criminal stunts.
Jussie Smollett is not right in the head.
He looks more like a Fool than a hardazzed criminal.

Celia
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Hey, SusieQ,
I don’t know about the laughing bit, my friend….victims of such crimes would be saddened, I would think. ……especially, rape victims or those who suffer under the umbrella of racism, and homosexuality. The pressure, I imagine, becomes unbearable, for some….to the point of suicide.
I bet they hurt, as this would obviously bring them back to face their ordeal all over again.
Maybe, you’re right—something mentally wrong with him?
Sane people do not do this. This is not a prank. This is serious. And, he’s no juvenile. Actions and words hurt.
This time, thankfully, it backfired.
❤️

su000
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su000

hi Celia.. 🙂
Thing is-
There is no victim other than Jussie Smollett himself…
The only one hurt was him.
And that is laughable, the stupidity of producing a scene that stamps Idiot on his forehead.
And can’t feel sadness for a criminal that makes himself the victim, no others hurt.
Jussie Smollett needs mental help..

If there were an actual victim, other than himself, that would be a different story.

ahhh, the whole mess, what he did is a tragedy, for sure; a fools folly.

Waiting for my Lucifer!(NetFlix)
it’s taking forever.. looking forward to seeing what Netflix will do with the series.It will be darker.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, su, I don’t know about that, my friend. Culprits are never victims…..other that an abused spouse/lover, who defends herself/himself. As I said, there are multiple victims—victims of Smollett’s cruel hoax are in the millions–world-round. Unexpected victims….just because they may have a different mind-set; be of a different faith; be a different color and race; have a different sexual orientation. Smollett and his ego-centered-self hurt everyone of the above….and himself. Yet, I do not find it within myself to have any pity for him. He brought it upon himself. And, those other two jerks were blinded….for a pittance!! Greed is… Read more »

Timmm
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BINGO! You are 100 percent correct Jim! I have no remorse for the actor just as he has no remorse for his silly crimes!

Jason Anders
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Jason Anders

Actually, not ‘silly crimes’ but serious crimes – and extremely expensive to hard working Tax payers and a WASTE of time to the hard working Chicago Police Department – if his so-called Career is over, it should be over. He hurt the gay community and insulted the Black community as well by orchestrating his own ridiculous attack. It impacts people who truly ARE victims and those who have been victims of hate crimes in the past.

Jimh
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Jimh

Yes,,,no remorse…maybe just a little would had been something but there wasnt any…thats his downfall!!!

su000
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su000

The way the Media and police handled to the situation was total grandstanding overkill.. When I saw the police department giving a breaking news report I thought another school killing or a terrorist attack, but it was just about Smollett allegedly orchestrated his own attack. ((many have never even heard of the guy)) It was a public crucifixion, for sure. Raw meat for the media on a slow news day. If it is all as reported, then Jussie Smollett did a horrible thing. However; it was not a sane thing to do. I’d be more worried about his mental condition… Read more »

Toscanti
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Toscanti

He had the world at his fingertips, attractive, intelligent, good actor with a role on a popular prime time series. It’s sad that he couldn’t get out of his own way. It is unacceptable to fake a hate crime against anyone, especially African Americans or members of the LGBTQ communities. There are real hate crimes occurring and he has just diminished the individuals who are victims of these hate crimes. I hope he can get the help he needs.

Momo
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Momo

He is in a world of trouble and he only has himself to blame. What an idiot!

I just don’t know what planet he is on that he thought staging an attack on himself was a good idea. I hope “Empire” fires him because he obviously needs some time to get his act together. And hopefully some jail time.

jaybird369
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PRISON TIME!!!!!!!!!!

End of story.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Jay……would you believe ( I do watch reruns of “Laugh-in”, LOL) Smollett is still sticking to his guns?
I understand that he refused to let go of that “bone” in court today. WOW!! Perniciously sanguine, my friend. I blame his attorney for not advising him to cut the cord and come clean….instead of wasting more time and taxpayers’ money over this mentally unstable criminal.
If I were the judge? I’d bang that gavel until it splintered and then throw the book at him!! Why accomodate him? Oh, yeah….due process. Right!!

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