Sydney, 2022-03-11 19:51:03. Jussie Smollett begins 150 days in jail in sandbox
Today, Friday, prison authorities said Jussie Smollett began a 150-day prison sentence for committing a hate crime against himself in protective custody, separating him from other detainees and seen by security cameras and an officer.
Smollett’s deputies immediately took Smollett to the Cook County Jail Thursday night after Judge James Lane sentenced the black and gay actor to 30 months of criminal probation – starting with five months in prison – for lying to police that he was. The target of racist and homophobic attack.
Smollett loudly asserted his innocence and suggested that he could be killed in prison.
“Your honor, I respect you and the jury, but I didn’t,” Smollett said Thursday. “And I’m not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go there, I don’t do it myself.”
Smollett’s ruling may put an end – appeals pending – to more than three years of legal drama after the actor reported to police that two men in ski masks beat him, threw racist and anti-gay insults at him on a dark Chicago street and ran. turning off.
Smollett’s attorneys filed an emergency order Friday requesting Smollett’s release pending his appeal. WMAQ-TV reported that an appeals court judge ruled that the prosecution had five days to respond to the emergency request.
His attorneys also filed an appeal notice in Cook County Criminal Court. They had said Thursday night that they intended to appeal both the jury’s verdict and the judge’s verdict.
A day earlier, a judge sentenced Smollett to 150 days in a Cook County Jail after being convicted of lying to police about being a victim of a hate crime in 2019. Smollett was also sentenced to 30 months in prison on felony, and ordered to pay more than $120,000. as compensation to the City of Chicago and a fine of $25,000.
He began his sentence as soon as he learned of his fate Thursday.
In a statement released Friday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Smollett is being held in protective custody — typical of people “who would be at risk of harm because of the nature of their charges, occupation or noteworthy status.”
The sheriff’s office said Smollett has his own cell, monitored by security cameras and an officer stationed at the door and wearing a body camera. Smollett can spend “a significant amount of time” in public places to use the phone, watch television, and interact with employees, but no other detainees will be in common areas with him.
Smollett faced up to three years in prison for each of the five counts of disorderly conduct – the charge of lying to the police – for which he was convicted. He was acquitted of the sixth count.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot praised the ruling, saying it was sending a message that “false allegations and allegations will not be tolerated.”
“The city feels justified in today’s ruling that he will be held accountable and that we will receive appropriate compensation for his actions,” she said in a statement.
Smollett’s judgment includes paying the city $120,106 in damages and a $25,000 fine.
Smollett was convicted in a jury trial in December, in which two of the witnesses included two brothers who told jurors that Smollett had paid them to carry out the attack and gave specific directions on what to do and say.
Smollett, who knew the men through his work on the TV show “Empire” which was filmed in Chicago, testified that he did not recognize them nor knew that they were the ones attacking him.
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