Smollett team: Court cameras would show state's flimsy case

Lewis Collier
March 13, 2019

Jussie Smollett strutted into his hearing this afternoon where a judge ruled that cameras will be allowed for his arraignment this week, but it's up to the case's appointed judge to determine the use of cameras for all future proceedings.

He is free on $100,000 bond and has another hearing scheduled for Thursday where he'll be arraigned for those 16 felony counts and where a judge will be assigned over his case.

Smollett's attorneys didn't object to the presence of media in the courtroom, saying there had been a lot of "false information spread" in the case, according to NBC Chicago.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, had told police he was attacked as he was walking home around 2 a.m. on January 29.

Insiders told the outlet that Smollett wanted to be in court to show that he is taking an active part in his own criminal defense.

"He's not hiding from anything".

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Are you going to watch the Jussie Smollett arraignment live on Thursday? On Friday, 20th Century Fox said the studio and the network had no comment on Smollett's indictment.

After police detained the two brothers, who were described as "persons of interest" in mid-February, police sources revealed that authorities suspected Smollett knew the men and had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination.

The brothers" lawyer Gloria Schmidt said they were "taken advantage of' by the star in the hoax attack.

An attorney representing United States television actor Jussie Smollett, accused of staging a false hate-motivated attack, said Tuesday the case was mired in "misinformation" and "demonstrably false" evidence. After an investigation that lasted longer than three week, prosecutors charged Smollett with making a false report.

"Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption", Geragos finished.

He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted".

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