The U.K. Daily Mail posted an article today about Jussie Smollett, who recently claimed to have been attacked in Chicago by Trump supporters. (Trump supporters in Chicago?) Smollett was facing 48 years behind bars on 16 felony charges for allegedly lying about the attack. The Bond Proffer is included in the article and makes for very interesting reading.
Evidence points to the fact that the attack was staged and that two of Smollett’s fellow actors were paid (by check) to help stage the attack.
The article states:
The charges against Jussie Smollett have been sensationally dropped and a judge has sealed the case after the actor agreed to pay $10,000 in bond forfeiture.
The Empire actor appeared in Chicago on Tuesday for an emergency hearing after his lawyers announced the news in a statement.
Smollett, 36, was facing up to 48 years behind bars on 16 felony counts of filing a false police report.
On Tuesday, the charges were dropped after Smollett agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond.
It remains unclear what prompted the decision but the Cook County’s State’s Attorney’s office said it was due in part to Smollett’s ‘volunteer service in the community.’
I don’t mean to be cynical here, but this does not increase my faith in justice in Chicago.
I am not sure any purpose would have been served by sending Smollett to jail for 48 years. However, I wonder if Joe Sixpack would have gotten the same treatment. It is interesting to me that the judge has sealed the case after the $10,000 payment.