Illinois Supreme Court Seeks Special Prosecutor's Advice in Jussie Smollett Case

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/27/2024
In an attempt to have Jussie Smollett's appeal of his conviction on five counts of disorderly conduct resulting from a hate crime hoax dismissed, the Illinois Supreme Court has received advice from a special prosecutor.

Smollett attempted to appeal his conviction for fabricating a hate crime claim to the Illinois Supreme Court. Dan Webb, the prosecutor who oversaw Smollett's case, argues, however, that there is little justification for his appeal.

Webb said Smollett is lying when he says he had an agreement with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to get the charges dismissed in return for community service and bond forfeiture. Webb said that Smollett misunderstood the judicial system and rejected the purported arrangement as "imaginary." Furthermore, Webb denied Smollett's claim of double jeopardy, saying that it is not applicable in this case.

According to court records that TMZ was able to get on Monday, the special prosecutor made it clear that double jeopardy only applies after a trial and potential conviction.

The records support the claim that Smollett should complete his 150-day sentence—of which he has only spent six days—and that his case does not support an appeal.

After spent six days in prison after filing his first appeal in 2021, Smollett was set to go back there in December since the appeals court had affirmed his sentence.


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