Jussie Smollett is out of jail, but faces uncertain future
Jussie Smollett walked out of a Chicago jail after serving six days and walked into months, if not years, of uncertainty — from what's next for his career as an actor and performer to whether he'll eventually be back behind bars. The former star of the TV show “Empire" was sentenced last week to 150 days in jail plus probation and a fine after a jury found him guilty of lying to police about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in 2019. Smollett, who is Black and gay, has maintained his innocence.news.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett Sentenced for Hate Crime Hoax
By Ryan StealThe Jussie Smollett drama came to a startling finale Thursday when a Chicago judge sentenced him to five months in prison for concocting a “disgraceful” hate crime hoax, leading the actor to yell out in protest, “I’m innocent!”“I could’ve said I was guilty a long time ago!” Smollett screamed as he was escorted away in handcuffs and taken into detention. Judge James Linn asked Smollett if he’d like to say anything before handing down his punishment, but he declined, stating that his attorney, Nenye Uche, advised against it because of their plans to appeal the verdict. However, after Linn delivered a lengthy monologue in which he chastised Smollett for pretending to be a hate crime victim, Smollett began shouting at the court when he discovered he’d be going to jail, as if there was some sort of plot against him. I am innocent and I’m not suicidal. “Your honor, I respect you and I respect your decision, but I did not do this and I am not suicidal,” he added.thewestsidegazette.com
Appeals court to rule if Jussie Smollett should stay in jail
Jussie Smollett's attorneys say they're planning to appeal nearly everything that went on in court over the last few months — from the actor's December conviction of lying to police to the 150-day sentence a judge imposed last week. Now, the issue of whether Smollett must sit in jail during these planned appeals is before a state appeals court and while the appeals could take months to resolve, the question of whether Smollett remains locked up will be resolved much quicker. The way Smollett's attorneys see it, such an order is justified because it's almost certain that Smollett would complete his 150-day jail sentence — which could shrink to 75 days if he behaves himself in jail — before the appeals on the conviction and sentence are decided.news.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett put in psych ward after being deemed a self-harm risk, his brother says
Jail officials moved former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett to a psychiatric ward after deeming him a risk of self-harm, according to an outraged brother of the actor. Two days after Jussie was sentenced to five months at Cook County Jail in Chicago for lying to police about a made-up homophobic and racist attack, the actor’s sibling Jocqui Smollett slammed his placement in a psych ward as “a ...news.yahoo.com
Jussie Smollett’s mug shot released after he’s sentenced to jail for staging 2019 hate crime
Jussie Smollett’s new mugshot has been released. The former “Empire” star was sentenced Thursday to 150 days in jail and 30 months’ probation for falsely reporting to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in 2019. He was also ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine. Smollett was found guilty in December of five counts of felony ...news.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: What charges did Jussie Smollett face at trial?
The legal saga surrounding Jussie Smollett’s claim in 2019 that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago culminated Thursday in his sentencing to 150 days in jail and being ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail in fake attack
A judge sentenced Jussie Smollett to 150 days in jail Thursday, branding the Black and gay actor a narcissistic charlatan for staging a hate crime against himself to grab the limelight while the nation struggled with wrenching issues of racial injustice. Smollett responded by defiantly maintaining his innocence and suggesting he could be killed in jail. The sentence and Smollett’s post-hearing outburst capped an hourslong hearing and more than three years of legal drama following Smollett's claim that he had been the target of a racist and homophobic attack.news.yahoo.com
2 dead, at least 7 wounded in city gun violence since Friday evening
Two people are dead, and at least seven others were wounded, including a 14-year-old boy who flagged down police and said him and his brother were just shot on Doty Avenue where officers found his sibling shot in the neck and lying in the street.chicagotribune.com
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
The lone Black juror on the panel that convicted Jussie Smollett of lying to Chicago police about what authorities say was a staged hate crime says he cannot get past how the actor put a noose around his neck when officers were coming to interview him.
Black juror: Smollett's reaction to noose makes no sense
If others saw the noose as Smollett's clumsy effort to portray his attackers as racist, Andre Hope saw much more. “As an African American person, I'm not putting that noose back on at all, " Andre Hope told WLS-TV. At trial, Smollett testified that after the attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019, he returned home and put the rope back around his neck so police who came to his apartment soon after could see it. In an interview with NewsNation Now after Smollett was found guilty last Thursday, Eddie Johnson — who was Chicago police superintendent in January 2019 when Smollett said he was attacked — said virtually the same thing.news.yahoo.com
Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper
In an Instagram post this weekend, Tina Knowles-Lawson questioned if actor Jussie Smollett would receive “the same compassion” shown to […] The post Tina Knowles-Lawson questions whether Smollett will be treated the same as Amy Cooper appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Rescue and recovery efforts underway after deadly tornadoes
Recovery efforts are just beginning after the lives and homes of countless families were destroyed by a historic run of December tornadoes. CBS News anchor and managing editor Norah O'Donnell is in Mayfield, Kentucky, and joined CBSN to talk more about the devastation on the ground and the search for survivors.news.yahoo.com
Minister in Mayfield, Kentucky, says he took shelter in basement closet to survive catastrophic tornado
Reverend Joey Reed of the Mayfield First United Methodist Church joined "CBS Mornings" to share his story of survival during the tornado that ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky. He said he emerged from the basement closet where he took shelter with his wife to see much of the church had crumpled around him.news.yahoo.com
Meteorologist explains rare December tornadoes across heartland
Meteorologist Evelyn Taft of CBS Los Angeles stations KCBS-TV and KCAL joined "CBS Mornings" to talk about the historic tornado outbreak that formed in December and touched down for more than 220 miles, devastating multiple U.S. states.news.yahoo.com
Julian Assange ordered EXTRADITED to US, liberals wrestle with hypocrisy and principle
Ryan Grim and Robby Soave react to a British court's decision to overturn a lower court ruling that had blocked Julian Assange's extradition. They also discuss Steven Donziger being released to home confinement for the rest of his sentence.news.yahoo.com
In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career
As Jussie Smollett fights criminal charges that he lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his supporters are also working on a broader strategy: Ensuring the 39-year-old emerges from the scandal with his reputation and career intact, whatever the outcome of the trial.
Hunt still on for suspects in ransacking of Chicago stores
FILE In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, Kajal Dalal walks through the her family's food and liquor store after it was vandalized in downtown Chicago. A Chicago police task force that was formed after crowds swarmed into downtown and smashed their way into hundreds of stores in August is still investigating and making arrests four months later. They keep adding to the nearly 100 video clips they've posted online in the hopes someone might identify suspects. “The message (to suspects) is the task force isn’t quitting ... and you will eventually be found and arrested,” Deputy Chief Brendan Deenihan said. Just as detectives stitched together videos to follow two men who allegedly participated in the attack on Smollett, Looting Task Force detectives followed suspects as they moved from store to store.
Judge rules on motions in Smollett case
CHICAGO - A Chicago judge Wednesday denied a request by Jussie Smollett's lawyers that a replacement judge be assigned in the former "Empire" actor's special prosecutor case, in addition to rejecting other motions put forward by Smollett's team. Judge Michael Toomin also denied a motion asking that Smollett's lawyers be allowed to intervene and argue other motions during the court appearance. Smollett's lawyers had hoped to use the brothers' testimony to reveal inconsistencies in their stories, as they are the only two witnesses in the case. Bodycam footage yields new detailsNo timeline has been provided for when Toomin will select a special prosecutor. In the case of a formal recusal, Toomin wrote, the court would have been responsible for appointing a special prosecutor.