On Wednesday, Jussie Smollett was released from jail after a court ordered his release due to his pending conviction appeal.
Smollett left the Chicago Cook County jail and was spotted hopping into an SUV after his release.
A court ordered Smollett’s release on bond while his appeal is pending.
The former “Empire” star this past Friday was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months’ probation, a $25,000 fine, and he has to pay restitution to the city of Chicago in the amount of $120,106 for wasting valuable police time with his hate crime hoaxes after lying to police.
Smollett was convicted on 5 out of 6 felony charges of disorderly conduct for lying to the cops.
An appeals court on Wednesday ruled a 2-1 decision that Smollett be allowed be released after posting a $150,000 bond. This bond was a personal recognizance type which means he didn’t have to put up any cash, but he agreed to come back to the court when required.
After the release order, Nenye Uche, Smollett’s lawyer, said during a press conference that the actor’s family is “very, very happy.” He went on to state, “It is unconstitutional to charge someone twice,” Uche said, stating that Smollett had initially paid a $10,000 fine performed community service.
A lot of morons on misinformation news media sets will repeat that story about double jeopardy applying, but it doesn’t apply. A first year law student could figure it out. For double jeopardy to apply, Smollett’s freedom had to be in jeopardy, and it never was.
Kim Foxx, the Soros-funded Cook County State’s Attorney (prosecutor) never actually tried Smollett. She dropped all charges, 16 counts of disorderly conduct, and never gave a reason why. She dropped the charges without requiring Smollett to admit guilt only weeks after he plead not guilty.
Double jeopardy, a clause found in the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, would apply if the case was dismissed based on the merits of an argument that the defendant shouldn’t have been charged. That’s not what happened. Foxx dropped the charges and never explained to anyone why, not even the special prosecutor, when he interviewed her. The Supreme Court has held that dismissal of a case unrelated to the guilt or innocence of a defendant does not bar a future criminal prosecution.
Foxx and her office misled the public time and again while handling the Jussie Smollett investigation, according to a special prosecutor’s report released in December 2021. The report didn’t accuse Foxx’s office of any crimes, but they found “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” in prosecuting and then later dropping charges against Smollett.
“Some people might think Mr. Smollett is guilty, but I disagree,” Smollett’s lawyer said. “The judge spent a great deal of time chastising and berating my client … Not happy with that… I’m not playing politics.”
The judge chastised his client because what Smollett did was lower than a snake full of buckshot. He faked hate crimes on race and sexuality and wanted the world to think white Trump supporters were behind it. He went on television shows and told a bogus story about the attack that never happened. He paid his so-called attackers to purchase the supplies for the phony attack, one of which was the rope he turned into a noose and put around his own neck.
Smollett maintained his innocence during the sentencing hearing even though the two phony attackers admitted Smollett paid them to do it and they were on video in a store buying all the materials they needed to pull off the crime.
“I did not do this, and I am not suicidal, and if anything happens to me when I go there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that,” Smollett said during the sentencing hearing.
“Your honor, I respect you, and I respect your decision, but I did not do this, and I am not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that.” He then went on to make a mockery of the court.