(FeaturedNews.com) – On March 11, Jussie Smollett stood before a judge after being convicted of fraud by a jury of his peers and declared his innocence. The actor, whose case is nothing short of a rollercoaster ride on Cook County’s criminal justice system, will spend the next five months behind bars and another 30 on felony probation while also paying hefty fines and restitution. Smollett’s brother, Jocqui Smollett, thinks that’s unfair.
The younger Smollett took to social media to declare his brother’s innocence recently, claiming there was “no evidence” that he staged a hate crime against himself.
Jussie Smollett's brother says there is "absolutely no evidence" of a hoax https://t.co/kW47V6DE5y
— Newsweek Culture (@NewsweekCulture) March 15, 2022
The Chicago Police Department and two of its mayors, past and present, disagree. A jury found that the evidence against Smollett was clear and beyond a reasonable doubt.
Jocqui Smollett’s stance is that the criminal justice system is biased against people of color and that his brother couldn’t get a fair trial. He claims that two brothers, each serving as witnesses for the state, came up with a plan to extort the actor for $1 million, which ultimately culminated in Jussie Smollett’s fall from grace and conviction.
Smollett’s younger sister, Jurnee Smollett, joined the family plight, telling her social media followers that her brother was the real victim. She then moved on to share facts and figures about the incarceration rates of Black Americans.
Smollett’s legal team filed an appeal and asked the court to either release the disgraced actor pending the outcome of his sentencing or grant him bail. They claim the man faces the possibility of physical harm in jail due to social media outrage over his case.
Wednesday, March 16, the appeals court agreed with Smollett’s lawyers and decided to release him, pending appeal, once he posts a $150,000 personal recognizance bond.
Copyright 2022, FeaturedNews.com