So Jussie Smollett is finally going to trial?

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  • Source: HotAir
  • 05/05/2022
It’s been nearly three years since actor Jussie Smollett claimed that “a couple of white men” (presumably Trump supporters) attacked him near his home in Chicago and hung a makeshift noose around his neck in some sort of hate crime. That story seemed to quickly fall apart and he was named a suspect in his own attack roughly a month later. How this case has dragged on for this long without going before a jury is a convoluted tale that involves everyone from the Chicago PD to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to Michelle Obama. But back in October, we learned that the long wait was finally over and Smollett’s trial was scheduled for this date. Jury selection is scheduled to begin today and is expected to last a week. Smollett is facing six charges including one relatively minor felony. But most of the attention isn’t focused on Smollett himself. The real center of attention is the pair of Nigerian brothers who allegedly conspired with the actor to pull off the hoaxed hate crime. (Associated Press)
Two brothers stand at the center of the case that prosecutors will lay before jurors when the trial of Jussie Smollett begins this week.
The former “Empire” actor contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago on a frigid night in January 2019. The siblings, who worked with him on the TV show, say he paid them $3,500 to pose as his attackers.
Smollett is accused of lying to police about the alleged attack and has been charged with felony disorderly conduct. A class 4 felony, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.

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