Jury selection for ‘Empire’ star’s trial to begin on November 29
A judge on Friday denied a final attempt to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to police when he told her he was a victim A racist, anti-gay attack In the city of Chicago in January 2019.
An attorney for the former “Empire” actor said Smollett’s rights were being infringed because he had already done community service and had given up a $10,000 bond under a previous deal with Cook County prosecutors.
“A deal is a deal. It’s an ancient principle,” said lawyer Nenny Uche.
But Judge James Lynn noted that Smollett’s case is now headed for a . Was doing special prosecutor appointed by another judge, an arrangement that he will not be disturbed.
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Lin said jury selection in Smollett’s trial will begin on November 29.
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Smollett, a gay black man, told police in 2019 that two masked men attacked him while he was working on “Empire” in Chicago. But weeks later he was charged with filing a false police report, when investigators concluded he staged the attack and paid two brothers to execute it because he was unhappy with their salaries and their careers. wanted to give However, that case was dropped.
The case was revived when a special prosecutor accused Smollett of disorderly conduct over police reports. The actor has pleaded not guilty.
Although Uche tried to have the case dismissed, he said Smollett wanted “nothing more than to go to the jury and clear his name.”