Jury returns 16 felony counts against Smollett in MAGA Hoax case: CHARGES DROPPED

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    CWB Chicago: Exclusive: Grand jury returns 16 felony counts against Jussie Smollett

    But, CWBChicago has learned that a grand jury has now returned a total of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct-false report against the former star of Empire on Fox.

    The grand jury's true bill states that Smollett lied about the attack to two separate police officers--the beat cop who took his initial report and a detective who conducted a follow-up interview the same day.

    In one set of charges, the grand jury found that Smollet filed a false police report around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29th in which he told an officer that he was attacked near 341 East Lower North Water Street by two unknown men who were dressed in black and one of whom wore a ski mask. The jury further found that Smollett told the original officer that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs and struck him in the face with their hands. The police report connected to these charges also indicate that Smollett claimed that a noose had been placed around his neck and a "chemical" had been poured on him.

    The second set of charges returned by the grand jury involves Smollett's alleged false reporting of the incident to a police detective later the same day. Additional details that Smollett apparently included in the second interview include: the men approached him from behind, Smollett fought back, and all three men fell to the ground where Smollett said he was kicked in the back and felt someone pulling on his neck. During this interview, Smollett also told the officer that one offender was a white male wearing a black mask with an open area around the eyes that exposed the attacker's skin, the grand jury found....
     
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      And so the worm turns . . .
       
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      Like the article says he will probably just plead to a couple and not get a big sentence but if the feds are able to nail him for that hoax letter he may do a little time.
       
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        And anything else would be a waste of taxpayer money.
         
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          Good. Should be charged under the hate crime statute and subject to its enhanced penalties given he was falsely claiming racial violence and trying to stoke racial tensions.
           
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            How far do you go to make an example of him, to deter this type of hoaxster in the future?
             
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              As far as the law would allow. I would have wondered how he had no injuries when two individuals committed a hate crime on him. Surely a couple of posters here could have sent him to the hospital or worse.
               
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              Yep, Urg could have single-handedly broken his kneecaps. Or chewed a hole in them.
               
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                Well you're off the Christmas card list
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                  Hey, at least I was thinking about you. A little.
                   
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                  When youre prosecutor you have a few thousand files on your desk. Many of them will be very heinous. This would no doubt be in the bottom ten or so.

                  He was made an example of. He is a public laughingstock and he will never work again. is mentally ill and it would not surprise me if he killed himself. this type of guy just craves attention public affection.

                  Legally, he wont be able to vote buy a gun and do other things. Cant testify in Court without the judge instructing the jury that he's a liar. Every job application, every loan you'll have to disclose it. That's pretty good deterrence.

                  This case is only important because the press made it important.

                  Personally I'd rather make an example out of them.
                   
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                    This is totally racist. What about Roger Stone?
                     
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                      He could get life if guilty of all counts.

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                      Throw the book at him!
                       
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                        Smollett needs to act better.
                         
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                          I'd say around 15 years worth....
                           
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                          He does need a stiff penalty, but sentence him harshly on what he did wrong, Hate Crime is a faux violation that we don't need in the system. It's also used as reverse racism.
                           
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                            All the more reason to apply it here, really.
                            Race was the primary motivation behind the crime.
                             
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                                I would rather prosecute him for what did, not why he did it. Besides, he wasn't carrying this out to make a political point, he was trying to gain notoriety. Race and Trump were just the tools he used.
                                 
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                                  If a white man scribbles MAGA on a black church--do you think they would just prosecute him for defacing a building? Of course not: they'd definitely tack on a hate crime charge.

                                  Why should Smollett be treated differently?
                                   

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