In a somber courtroom, after listening to his defense attorney ramble on about how Mr. Smollett has suffered, how his career has been destroyed, how the justice system wronged him, and not a single word about how his client did it all to himself, a Chicago Judge James Linn sentenced the singer, actor, and fallen star to 150 days in jail, 30 months program, a $25,000 fine and the possibility of having to pay restitution to the city of Chicago for lying to Chicago police and causing a humongous amount of manpower to go into action for his case when it was all made up. A number of Chicagoans were hurt by crime because police were all working on Smollett’s case.
The judge went over exactly what Smollett did that fateful night, but he prefaced the journey down memory lane by first pointing out that he comes from a large bi-racial family where he was raised with love and strong family values and how his family was very much into social justice issues. The judge mentioned that Smollett himself got involved in many social justice issues to make things right, and that he had a good side to him.
But then the judge said that the actor/singer also has a dark side of him that is arrogant, selfish, and narcissistic and that side is what brought him down. He ran down the litany of things that Smollett did to create the hate crimes hoaxes he committed. He said to Smollett that he wrote a script, not a good one, but he wrote one nonetheless. He pointed out Smollett hired the actors to play the roles of his attackers, and that they even went through rehearsals to get things right.
The judge went on to the night of the attack when the city was in a polar vortex and it was double digits below zero and Smollett wanted to carry out the deed, anyway. The judge said that the attack happened just as they’d planned it with the two brothers he hired attacking him, pouring bleach on him and in a fake scuffle he got a scrape on his head. He mentioned how a car drove by when the fake attack was going on and that frightened the brothers who then took off. The judge made an issue out of the fact that the two brothers were not yet able to get the noose they made, at Smollett’s request, around his neck because they fled the scene and that Smollett put the noose around his own neck.
The tension in the courtroom at that point could have been cut with a knife. The judge got the point across that this young man, black and homosexual, who grew up fighting for social justice issues, put a noose around his own neck. A noose is a serious thing to a black person and a homosexual prson, and Smollett faked his own hate crimes and put a noose around his own neck.
At one point the judge said that Smollett is the butt of comedian’s jokes, and that his name is used as the comparison for when someone is caught lying, saying, “He pulled a Jussie Smollett.” He said these things to remind Smollett that his own actions have destroyed his life, and he doesn’t know how he can ever come back from that.
The judge pointed out that a lot of people wondered if he did it because he wanted to raise his profile and get more money from the Empire show. He said Smollett makes $2 million from the show and so he didn’t believe it was about money at all. He said the actor did it for the attention he sought and that the lengths he went to and the trouble he caused, all for attention, were unbelievable.
The judge also pointed out how Smollett tried to indict a specific group of people by having his would-be attackers covering up their hands and faces (they are black) and wearing red baseball caps to make it appear they were white Trump MAGA supporters.
Smollett sat there at the defense table among his lawyers wearing a COVID face mask as he listened to the judge go on about how incredulous his crimes were. The judge also said that Smollett took the stand when he didn’t have to and spent hours of what he considered committing “pure perjury” the entire time.
“Your performance on the witness stand, this can only be described as pure perjury. You got on the witness stand… you committed hour upon hour upon hour of pure perjury.”
“You’re not the victim of a racist hate crime, you’re not the victim of a homophobic hate crime, you’re just a charlatan pretending to be the victim of a hate crime and that’s shameful especially,” Linn told the court.
“You have another side of you that is profoundly arrogant and selfish and narcissistic, and that bad side of you came out during the course of this,” Linn continued.
The judge said that the incarceration was going to be immediate, and that’s when you saw the officers move behind him.
He asked Smollett if he wanted to say anything to the court before he was taken away. Smollett dropped his mask to his chin, looked at the judge and said calmly, he just wanted to say “I am not suicidal.” He then looked around the courtroom and got louder repeating, “I AM NOT SUICIDAL!” He looked in another direction in the courtroom and said again, “I AM NOT SUICIDAL!”
It was the greatest television I’ve seen in 20 years. To watch Jussie Smollett behave that way was very shocking. After all the evidence presented against him, including the two attackers explaining everything they did at his request, and showing that Smollett paid them, the actor/singer still plead his innocence.
“I am not suicidal,” Smollett shouted again. “I am innocent, and I’m not suicidal. If I did this, then it means that I stuck my fist in the fears of black Americans in this country for over 400 years and the fears of the LGBTQ community.”
What a narcissistic loon!
Realizing he was acting over the top, Smollett turned to the bench and said to the judge, “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.”
“I respect you, your honor, respect your decision. Jail time,” he said, as he slapped his hands together in a prayer motion, before again saying, “I’m not suicidal.”
Smollett was convicted of five out of six counts of felony disorderly conduct. He could have gotten up to three years in prison for each conviction. He got off easy and yet he still acted like a spoiled child who didn’t get the toy he wanted.
As he was being marched out of the courtroom by police, Smollett turned one more time and shouted, “I AM NOT SUICIDAL!”
Here is Judge Linn’s full rendering of the sentence. It is well worth the time.