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US News Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges

04:15  25 february  2020
04:15  25 february  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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CHICAGO — The “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty on Thursday morning to 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct stemming from his report of a hate-crime attack that the police say was staged. Smollet ’s lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on Smollet ’s behalf an hour after Judge

CHICAGO—Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to six felony charges of disorderly conduct after a special prosecutor’s investigation led to a new indictment earlier this month. Mr. Smollett ’s attorneys said they were petitioning the Cook County Circuit Court to drop all charges

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Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to the latest charges of disorderly conduct. The former "Empire" actor is accused of staging a hate crime against himself in 2019.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb requested $10,000 bail, but Cook County Judge James Linn determined Smollett is not a flight risk. Smollett was granted recognizance bond and is due back in court March 18, CBS Chicago reports.

Jussie Smollett et al. posing for the camera: Actor Jussie Smollett Returns To Court After New Grand Jury Indictment © Nuccio DiNuzzo / Getty Images Actor Jussie Smollett Returns To Court After New Grand Jury Indictment

Smollett was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct earlier this month for allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a hate crime. Chicago police claim that Smollett — who is openly gay — paid two brothers to stage a homophobic and racist attack against him on January 29, 2019. Smollett's attorneys are seeking to have the charges dismissed on double jeopardy grounds.

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Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a hate crime attack against himself in Chicago. Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago ( REUTERS ).

Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to accusations that he staged a hate crime and filed a false police report. Watkins agreed to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York to meet with his lawyers and set his next hearing for April 17.

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski © Thomson Reuters Actor Jussie Smollett leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

"One of the protections that the double jeopardy clause provides is not to punish somebody twice for the same offense," said Smollett's attorney, Tina Glandian. "Previously, he did forfeit his bond in the amount of $10,000.

That in essence was a punishment stemming from the criminal proceedings, and therefore trying to punish him again a second time around is not permitted under the double jeopardy clause. You don't just get a do over."

Actor Jussie Smollett poses for a picture with a fan as he leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski © Thomson Reuters Actor Jussie Smollett poses for a picture with a fan as he leaves court after charges against him were dropped by state prosecutors in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct in February 2019 as a result of the alleged hoax. Smollett pleaded not guilty to those charges as well. The original charges were dropped abruptly March 26.

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Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing the false police report, but the prosecutors unexpectedly dropped all charges in March 2019, with the actor forfeiting The new indictment accused Smollett of making four separate false police reports after the attack.

Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Monday to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against Foxx's office is not involved in the new case against Smollett . The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the defense motion filed with Illinois' high court

A special prosecutor was later appointed to the case, and following another investigation, a grand jury indicted Smollett on the latest charges. Smollett's attorneys have appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court to vacate the decision to appoint the special prosecutor.

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The two brothers Smollett allegedly paid to carry out the attack — Ola and Abel Osundairo — were at Smollett's arraignment Monday.

"They are here because they want the truth to be told," their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, said. "They are here because they are confident in the work that the Chicago Police Department and the special prosecutor's office put into this investigation. To anyone out there that thinks they got some kind of immunity or some kind of plea deal out of this, that's incorrect."

"The brothers want the public to know that they were honest, and open, and remorseful about their conduct in this entire event. They have been truthful since day one," Rodriguez added.

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