Jussie Smollett’s Case On Appeal To Be Heard In Illinois Supreme Court

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Jussie Smollett will be able to present his case before the highest court in the nation—the Illinois Supreme Court—over his appeal of his criminal conviction.

The actor recently achieved a major victory on Wednesday when the Illinois Supreme Court marked his case as one that they are willing to hear. This means that the court will finally weigh in on the actor’s case after approving his appeal to the State Supreme Court.

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It’s important to keep in mind that Jussie has been fighting his conviction virtually since it was rendered in 2021, when a jury found him guilty of lying to police about a hate crime he claimed he had been the victim to.

Jussie remained defiant following the judgment… despite being given a 150-day jail term … he was only imprisoned for six days before being released while his appeal was being heard by the courts.

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Before this major decision, there were some highs and lows. As we previously reported, when he initially petitioned an Illinois appeals court to review the case, the panel of three judges found that the jury’s verdict was reasonable and upheld the conviction.

Of course, Jussie appealed the decision, hoping the Illinois Supreme Court would give him a chance to be heard. They’ve now indicated that they’re willing to do so.

You’ll remember… Jussie’s entire defense of his conviction rests on his assertion that he made an agreement with the prosecutors who initially took up his case, in which they specifically promised not to charge him provided he complied with their demands.

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Jussie claims he has kept his half of the agreement, which at the time was to forfeit a bail he had paid and perform community service. But then a special prosecutor joined the case and began questioning him once more, which Jussie regards as BS.

However, the special prosecutor asserted that double jeopardy did not apply in this instance and that Jussie was not shielded from additional charges by the agreement he believed he had made with the prior team. The special prosecutor was requesting that the State Supreme Court reject his bid… it’s all very complex.

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Now, though, it’s clear that they find enough value in Jussie’s argument to at least hear it through to the end. Jussie has been doing a lot in the interim, including working on himself, and he has been able to avoid going back to jail thanks to this entire appeals process.

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Michelle Watson is a national news editor for usnewsdaily national newsgathering team. Prior to joining the desk, Michelle worked to vet and research stories for the Row, usnewsdaily editorial judgement body.Since joining usnewsdaily in 2017, Michelle has played a role in a number major stories for usnewsdaily including the network’s coverage of the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Irma after it made landfall and the tragic shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She also worked with usnewsdaily political team fact checking the 2020 presidential election.Michelle holds a degree from Louisiana State University in Mass Communication with a minor in history.
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