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Chicago Police Arrest Jussie Smollett in the Dumbest ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax Ever

Posted on | February 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Chicago Police Arrest Jussie Smollett in the Dumbest ‘Hate Crime’ Hoax Ever


Stupid is as stupid does:

“Empire” star Jussie Smollet was charged Wednesday night with lying to cops when he claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack — and authorities want him to surrender, police said.
Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Smollett was charged with filing a false police report, a felony, after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the criminal complaint. Cops were seeking to have Smollett turn himself in as soon as possible, Gugliemi said.
“We’re trying to get in touch with his lawyers,” he told The Post.
Under Illinois law, Smollett, 36, could face up to three years in prison if convicted of the crime.
The development came hours after Smollett was formally classified as a suspect and followed a stream of recent reports that increasingly cast doubt on the TV actor’s story, including that two brothers told investigators Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the Jan. 29 incident.
Siblings Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were escorted into the grand jury offices at Chicago’s Leighton Criminal Court Building about 30 minutes before Smollett was formally named a suspect.
The two men were surrounded by about a half-dozen people in civilian clothing as they walked into the secure area on the fourth floor of the courthouse around 3:45 p.m. local time.
A little over two hours later, 16 members of the grand jury were escorted out of the area and into a pair of elevators while reporters were kept at bay.
The brothers also left the building minutes later. Their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, told reporters, “Jussie’s conscience is probably not letting him sleep right now.’’

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Gugliemi announced on Twitter that Smollett was taken into custody this morning and that police superintendent Eddie Johnson and chief detective Edward Wodnicki will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. CT today. The obvious question: How stupid did Jussie Smollett have to be to think he could get away with this?

Well, he’s apparently stupid enough to violate 18 US Code 1038 — mail fraud, a federal crime that could earn him more time than the four years he’s facing under Illinois law. His lawyers insist that Smollett deserves the presumption of innocence, however, despite the fact that he is accused of a crime that was intended to defame innocent white males.




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