Jussie Smollett walked out of the Cook County jail late Wednesday night, March 16. The five-time convicted felon served solely 5 nights earlier than his launch. Smollett’s 150-day sentence, imposed final week for manufacturing a hoax hate crime, was suspended Tuesday night by an Illinois appellate court docket. Exiting jail, Mr. Smollett made no statements as safety guards surrounded the actor, marching him previous the ready media into an SUV and whisking him away.
Reports from Chicago on Monday, March 14, mentioned Smollett’s attorneys have been submitting an emergency movement asking a court docket to remain his sentence or grant bond whereas his enchantment is underway. They have been profitable. The petition was granted by a 2-1 vote of the First District Illinois Appellate Court justices on the deciding panel. Justices Thomas Hoffman and Joy Cunningham agreed to grant the movement, whereas Justice Maureen Connors dissented. The single-page order left many questions unanswered, and no written opinions discussing both the bulk holding or the dissent have been launched. The order states:
“FINDING that the defendant has been convicted on non-violent offenses and that this Court will be unable to dispose of the instant appeal before the defendant would have served his entire sentence of incarceration.”
A Free Man?
Smollett was ordered to be launched on a private recognizance bond of $150,000, which means he was capable of stroll out of jail on a signature promise to return with out really paying something.
In addition to the 150-day time period in jail, the unique sentence ordered Smollett to finish 30 months of felony probation, pay a nice of $25,000, and to repay the town $120,126 in restitution. The order from the appellate court docket doesn’t focus on these features of Smollett’s sentence.
Mr. Smollett left his sentencing listening to loudly proclaiming his innocence, holding up a black energy fist salute, and repeating that he was not suicidal. He claimed to have been the sufferer of a racist, homophobic assault and presumably even tried homicide. “We’ve been complaining about the disparate treatment of African Americans in the judicial system,” Smollett’s lawyer Nenye Uche declared following his consumer’s launch.
Jussie Smollett’s launch order:
~ Read extra from Scott D. Cosenza.