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Smollett: Scoffing with the US Justice System

By Peter Marko Tase

Jussie Smollett, a 39-year-old US citizen, is charged under Illinois’ disorderly conduct statute, encompassing a wide range of offenses, from making prank 911 calls to placing harassing calls as a debt collector.

Smollett epitomizes the mainstream of America’s criminals who take advantage of a soft judiciary that has been corrupted by George Soros’ tools – over the last decades – and certainly will not receive a harsh punishment; although he faces six counts of disorderly conduct under a subsection of the law that prohibits false reports to police. The forgeries, twists, and eccentricities of the legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett’s claim in 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago have culminated in a trial, which went to the jury Wednesday, December 8th, for deliberations after about a week of testimony.

The renowned actor was presented with the charges in February 2019, and accused of faking the assault; however in February 2020, after a special prosecutor looked into the case, a new six-count indictment was filed.  The legal charges against Smollett are listed as class 4 felonies, which are among the least serious felonies in Illinois. Convictions can still carry potential prison time of up to three years; a scenario that is not expected against Smollett.

If jurors convict Smollett, his lack of criminal history and the fact that no one was seriously hurt makes it highly unlikely for him to spend time behind bars. It’s more likely that a judge would sentence him to probation; order him to perform community service.

The Smollett case is obviously unique in how it involves a star actor and in its sensational claims and counterclaims — first by Smollett, who is Black and gay, that he was the subject of an attack and then by police that he had made it all up.  While it is among the biggest disorderly conduct cases in Illinois history, it’s not the only such case to have made a big impact in the news.

Disorderly conduct charges for filing a false police report are very common and are sometimes tied to insurance fraud. Last month, a man in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police that he had been robbed in a parking garage at gunpoint.

After police accused him of lying, Smollett doubled down and insisted it was all true.  Smollett’s case stands out in that it got to trial at all; in many cases, those accused of lying to police seek a plea deal or plead guilty without a deal. A dysfunctional judicial system in the State of Illinois appears to be in the limelight as we observe the case of Smollett taking a fairly long time to reach a verdict and conclusion. Each count of disorderly conduct represents an instance during January 29th, 2019, and then on February 14th, 2019, in which Smollett allegedly lied to police.  According to the local media publications; the legal charges of Smollett are the following: “Count 1 accuses him of telling responding Chicago Police Officer Muhammed Baig at around 2:45 a.m., some 45 minutes after the purported attack, that he was the victim of a hate crime. He said two attackers put a rope around his neck. Count 2 refers to Smollett telling the same officer he was a victim of a battery, describing attackers beating and pouring bleach on him.  Counts 3 and 4 are when Smollett made the same claims but to a different officer, Kimberly Murray, later that morning, at just before 6 a.m. Count 5 accuses Smollett of again telling Murray at around 7:15 p.m. that he was the victim of a strike. Count 6 refers to Smollett reporting on Feb. 14, 2019, to detective Robert Graves that he’d been a victim of an aggravated battery.” On top of these fake assault reports (for which he has been found guilty by the jury), Smollett will face a lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him to recoup over USD 130,000 it spent investigating what police initially believed was a terrible hate crime.

The State of Illinois and the overall Judicial System in the United States, have no time to waste nor resources to spare; the case of Smollett is an alarming bell that shows how justice – misguided by various District Attorneys and Judges sponsored by Soros’ organizations – is blatantly dysfunctional and has become a cause for concern within America’s institutions.



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