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Jury selection for Jussie Smollett’s disorderly conduct trial has begun in Chicago, but as of Monday, cameras and members of the press are not allowed inside the courtroom.

According to a Granthshala News reporter on the ground, the court is now “working with the media” to strategize how the press will “fit inside the courtroom.” According to the reporter, the press is sitting in the hallway and can see inside the courtroom, but the audio is difficult to understand.


Judge James Lynn is presiding over the case. because of the guidelines in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Judge Lin decided that seating within the courtroom should be reserved for potential jurors.

However, the courtroom will reportedly keep its doors open to provide the public with some insight into what is happening inside, provided that it does not create disruption. It is expected that once the jury is selected, there will be more room for journalists and cameras to film or stream the proceedings.

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Jussie Smollett trial: Judge orders no cameras, press in courtroom during jury selection

Smollett argues that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago on January 29, 2019. However, siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundaro, who worked with him on “Empire”, say they paid him $3,500 to pose as their attackers.

Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged assault and has been charged with a felony charge. A Class 4 felony, the offense carries a prison sentence of up to three years.

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However, experts have said that it is more likely that if convicted, the 39-year-old will be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.

Smollett is accused of lying to police when he revealed that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago nearly three years ago.

Nevertheless, the actor has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings. After the brothers were taken into custody and released without charge, police noted at the time that the investigation had shifted. Soon after, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

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Siblings Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundaro, who worked with him on Empire, say they paid him $3,500 to pose as their attackers.

A Cook County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment accusing the actor of wrongfully reporting the crime, but those charges were dropped. However, US Attorney Dan Webb was later appointed as special prosecutor to investigate why those charges were dropped, eventually leading a grand jury to return the six-count indictment against Smollett.

he has since pleaded not guilty for the charges reinstated and will argue his case in court.

Granthshala News’ Tyler McCarthy and