Jussie Smollett verdict

March 11, 2022
Verdict handed down in Jussie Smollett trial

The damage you’ve done to yourself is way beyond anything else than can happen to you from me. You are now a permanently convicted felon.

Cook County Judge James Linn sentencing Jussie Smollett to 30 months of probation – with 5 months served in the county jail.
  • Smollett faced up to 15 years in prison (based on being convicted of 5 felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to police). However, since Smollett did not have an extensive criminal history, some believed he would not receive any jail time.
  • Smollett also has to pay restitution to the city of Chicago, as well as a fine.
  • After the verdict was read, Smollett stood in court: “Your Honor, I respect you and I respect the jury but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”
  • Why It Matters: This is the end of the criminal case against Smollett, who was convicted by a jury of lying about and arranging a staged hate crime against himself for greater notoriety.

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