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Smollett: A mockery of the US justice system

Peter Marko Tase

By: Peter Marko Tase

Jussie Smollett, a 39-year-old US citizen, is charged under the Illinois Law and Order Violation Act, which covers a variety of offenses, from humorous calls to 911 to harassing calls as a debt collector.

Smollett personifies most American criminals who take advantage of the soft judiciary corrupted by George Soros’ henchmen in recent decades, and he will certainly not receive severe punishment; although he faces six counts of misconduct under a subsection of the law that prohibits false reports to the police. The fakes, twists and eccentricities of the legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett’s claim from 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago culminated in a lawsuit that came to a consultation before the jury on Wednesday, December 8th, after about a week of testimonies.

The famous actor received an indictment in February 2019 and was accused of playing the attack, and in February 2020, after the case was examined by a special prosecutor, a new six-count indictment was filed. The indictments against Smollett are listed as 4th class offenses, which are among the least serious offenses in the state of Illinois. A sentence of up to three years in prison is still possible; a scenario not expected against Smollett.

Although jurors have convicted Smollett, due to a lack of criminal record and the fact that no one has been seriously injured, he is very unlikely to land behind bars. It is likely that the judge will sentence him to probation; they will order him to perform community service.

Smollett’s case is clearly unique, as he is a star actor and makes sensational and counter-claims – first Smollett, who is black and gay, that he was the victim of an attack, and then the police, that he made it all up. While this is one of the largest breaches of public order in the history of the state of Illinois, this is not the only such case that has resonated strongly in the news.

Allegations of breaches of public order by filing a false police report are very common and are sometimes linked to insurance fraud. Last month, a man in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton was accused of violating public order and peace because he had allegedly lied to police that he had been robbed with a firearm in a garage.

When police accused him of lying, Smollett grumbled and insisted it was all true. Smollett’s case stands out in that it came to trial at all; in many cases, defendants lying to the police seek a plea agreement or plead guilty without a plea agreement. The dysfunctional Illinois judiciary seems to be in the spotlight, as Smollett’s case took quite a long time to reach a verdict and decision. Any allegation of a breach of public order is a case between January 29th, 2019, and February 14th, 2019, in which Smollett allegedly lied to police. According to local media reports, the charges against Smollett are as follows: “Indictment 1 accuses him of telling the responsible Chicago police officer Muhammad Baig around 2.45 am, thus about 45 minutes after the alleged attack, that he was a victim of hate crime. He said two assailants put a rope around his neck. Indictment 2 states that Smollett told the same police officer that he was the victim of the beating and described that the attackers had beaten him and poured bleach on him. Indictments 3 and 4 relate to when Smollett made the same allegations, but to another police officer, Kimberly Murray, later that morning, shortly before 6 am. Indictment 5 accuses Smollett that around 7.15 pm he told Murray again that he was the victim of a fight. Indictment 6 alleges that Smollett told Detective Robert Graves on February 14th, 2019, that he was the victim of assault with aggravating circumstances.” In addition to these false reports of assault (for which the jury found him guilty), Smollett will face a lawsuit filed against him by the City of Chicago to recover more than $130,000 spent on investigating what the police initially thought was a horrific hate crime.

The state of Illinois and the entire justice system in the United States do not have the time to waste and the means to save; Smollett’s example is an alarming bell that shows how justice – administered by various district attorneys and judges sponsored by Soros organisations – is clearly dysfunctional and has become a cause for concern in US institutions.

Peter Marko Tase is the author and editor of twelve books on Paraguayan history and foreign policy.

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