"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett ordeal began Thursday as he appeared before Cook County Circuit Cout Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke on a charge of filing a false police report.
The judge set Smollett's bond at $100,000 and was ordered back in court March 14. Smollett surrendered to the police early Thursday morning when he was booked on one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing the false report.
Earlier, Police Supt. Supt. Eddie Johnson was so pissed off that no way was he going to let the investigation into "Empire" star Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax close quietly.
With righteous indignation, he said at a press conference:
Why would anyone -- especially an African-American man -- use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could you look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims? Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who's in need of support by police and investigators, as well as the citizens of this city."
Good for him; now how about the other Democrats in leadership positions in the city and state? Earlier I asked if local Democrats would follow-through and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. An indictment and arrest now has come, but the essential question remains that I raised: Will Smollett get the punishment he deserves if found guilty, or will it simply amount to a slap on the wrist?
Now comes another question: Will the feds move against Smollett for allegedly using the U.S. mails in violation of hate crime and/or anti-terrorism laws. That would be based on another hoax he allegedly engineered: A threatening letter sent to the set of "Empire" containing white powder later analyzed as harmless aspirin. That could get him more serious jail time. The FBI is investigating.
My own punishment, if he's found guilty, would be to reimburse Chicago for the cost of diverting scare resources. And for those who so quickly blamed "whiteness" for the attack to wear sack cloth and ashes.
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