US actor Jussie Smollett will be released from prison after an appeals court agreed with his lawyers that he should be released pending an appeal on charges of lying to police about a partition attack. racism and homophobia.
he made the ruling after a Cook County judge sentenced Smollett last week to immediately begin serving 150 days in prison on a disorderly charge of lying to police.
In anger shortly after the verdict was handed down, the former Empire star declared her innocence and said: “I didn’t kill myself. And if anything happened to me when I got in there, I wouldn’t have done it to myself. And you all must know that.”
The Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, said Smollett could be released after posting a personal return bond of $150,000, meaning he didn’t have to put down the money but agreed to go to court under request.
Smollett’s attorneys argued that he would have completed his sentence by the time the appeals process was complete and that Smollett could be in physical danger if he remained locked up in the Cook County Jail.
The special counsel’s office called the claim “factually incorrect,” in a response to the petition.
The court’s decision marks the latest chapter in a bizarre story that began in January 2019 when Smollett, black and gay, reported to Chicago police that he was the victim of an assault Racist and homophobic attack by two men wearing ski masks.
The hunt for the attackers quickly turned into an investigation into Smollett himself and his arrest on allegations that he staged the attack and lied to police about it.
The investigation revealed that Smollett had paid two men he knew from his job in the Empire to carry out the attack.
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In December, a grand jury convicted Smollett of five felony counts of disorderly conduct – an allegation made when a person lied to police. He was acquitted on the sixth count.
Last week, Judge James Linn sentenced Smollett to 150 days in prison but with good behavior he could be released in as little as 75 days. Smollett maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
Court of Appeals Judges Thomas Hoffman and Joy Cunningham signed the order while Judge Maureen Connors disagreed.
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