Earlier in the year when Jussie Smollet concocted the scheme that he concocted to achieve whatever the end was an even to this day it’s a little confusing, there were so many holes in the story you could have used it as a spaghetti strainer.
It was generally a strange thing to hear someone say that a place that had been a Democratic Party controlled city since before the cow tipped the lantern over that it was Trump Country. Not that it wouldn’t be a great thing, it’s just one of those things that you wouldn’t expect to hear.
That’s what should have set people off on a path of being totally confused. Now, it seems that despite whatever acting jobs he might have had lined up blowing away with the passing winds that he is getting away from this about as free as one could get on something.
Not exactly. You see, just because you don’t get punished for something doesn’t mean you can’t get punished for it later.
After Chicago prosecutors abruptly dropped all criminal charges related to the false police report former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett allegedly filed regarding what Smollett said was a hate crime carried out against him, the case file was sealed.
For a while, it appeared that Smollett would simply walk away from the incident without anyone else knowing exactly what had transpired.
That no longer appears to be the case, however, as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Watkins ordered Thursday that Smollett’s file be unsealed and the details of his case made available to the public, according to NBC News.
By now, virtually everyone knows the timeline of public events in Smollett’s case.
In January, the actor, who is gay and black, reported an alleged homophobic and racially motivated assault against him.
Chicago police engaged in an extensive hate crime investigation throughout much of February, but soon found that the details of his story weren’t quite adding up.
Police eventually determined Smollett and two associates had staged the alleged assault, and in March, Smollett was hit with 16 felony counts after he allegedly lied to police.
Just weeks later, prosecutors unexpectedly announced that all charges had been dropped.
His case file had been sealed and Smollett was a free man, though he did forfeit his $10,000 bond.
A number of media outlets filed a lawsuit demanding the records be unsealed.
They argued the act of having the records sealed “violates the public’s right of access to court records and proceedings,” and that “the matter has been widely publicized and the defendant and his attorneys have appeared on national television discussing the case,” according to Watkins’ Thursday order.
Smollett’s attorneys had argued their client enjoyed a right to privacy, suggesting the media had plenty of time to review the contents of the case file prior to it being sealed, NBC reported.
“To be sure, it is easily conceivable that a defendant whose case was dismissed would wish to maintain his sense of privacy, even if, perhaps especially if, the media covered the case,” Watkins wrote in his ruling. “However, that isn’t that case.”
“While the court appreciates that the defendant was in the public eye before the events that precipitated this case, it was not necessary for him to address this so publicly and to such an extent. By doing so, the court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed,” Watkins added.