Jussie Smollett Verdict: Guilty On Five Charges

Jussie Smollett Verdict: Guilty On Five Charges

Jussie Smollett Verdict: Guilty On Five Charges

The long, weird, tall tale saga of Jussie Smollett is finally coming to an end. The jury hearing the case against the former actor has come back with verdicts in his hate crime hoax trial.

Jussie Smollett – this poor, misunderstood soul so loved by Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, who called himself “the black Cary Grant,” has been found guilty of five of the six charges against him.

The jury found Smollett guilty on the first five counts and was found Not Guilty on charge #6 – aggravated battery, wearing a hood or mask to conceal his identity – after a contentious week of witness testimony, counsel arguments and deliberation.”

Smollett was stoic as the jury read the verdict. The actor sat upright and stared straight ahead without showing any real emotion.”

Judge Linn said he will order a pre-sentencing investigation and attorneys will meet via conference call to determine a date for pre-sentencing motions.”

If you will remember, the initial set of charges against Jussie Smollett were dismissed by the Cook County prosecutors (specifically Kim Foxx) in order to sweep everything under the rug. However, a special prosecutor ended up being brought in because everyone knew that Jussie Smollett had lied, and someone had to hold him accountable. The charges against Smollett were reinstated, and finally got to trial.

The charges were as follows:

Each count of disorderly conduct represents an instance during Jan. 29, 2019, and then on Feb. 14, 2019, in which Smollett allegedly lied to police.”

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 battery. Count 6 refers to Smollett reporting on Feb. 14, 2019, to detective Robert Graves that he’d been a victim of an aggravated battery.”

Again, he was found guilty on the first five charges. And like Kim said, it was too bad there were no cameras in the courtroom, because we apparently missed quite a show when Jussie Smollett took the stand in his own defense. Let’s just say, if he thought he could do as well on the stand as Kyle Rittenhouse, he was very wrong. He got repeatedly tripped up, came across as whiny and vain, and his own self-righteous insistence on playing the victim obviously didn’t come across well to the jury.

And the lack of outcry that you hear from everyone but BLM groups? That’s the acknowledgment that everyone knew that Jussie Smollett staged this attack.


There are so many lessons that we can learn about the state of America’s racial politics from this one case. The fact that Jussie Smollett ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH THIS should stick out. He played all the sympathy cards in planning this hoax. Apparently, though, he can only read the lines that he’s given – he can’t actually write a screenplay. The first step in telling a good story is that it has to be BELIEVABLE. Not a single element of the initial story was believable. I went to Subway at 2 am during a polar vortex and got beaten up by two white men in red hats shouting “This is MAGA Country!” in Chicago. But never forget that the media and Hollywood were so desperate to believe it that they bought every detail, until it was simply too embarrassing to continue to defend this guy.

For the time, effort, and money spent on dealing with Jussie Smollett’s lies, probation sounds like a paltry punishment, even though that is what legal experts assume he will get at sentencing. Smollett may also appeal this verdict, likely because his ego demands it (and the lawyers don’t mind more billable hours). His real punishment, though, will be that he will only be remembered as a whiny liar who ended his own career.

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