Smollett out on $100,000 local bond; now how about the feds?

"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. 

Judge scolds Smollett: "Vile and despicable."

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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    The big thing here is the FBI interviewed him, and the rest of the cast members involving the supposed hate letter sent to the studio. When the FBI interviews a person in a Criminal matter, telling a lie is a serious felony itself. Will they pounce. The Postal Authorities have no choice, they will get him for using the mail for a fraudulent act. Cook county just came to bat first. More for sure to come.

  • I'd never heard of Smollett until this case. Such a scandal tells me that the next time I do, it'll be in one of those "Whatever happened to Blank?" stories.

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    Toss him in a jail cell and have 2 white cops with clubs visit him in the middle of the night. "Hate crime, eh? I'll show you what a REAL hate crime is....."

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    I doubt he will get a slap on the wrist. Given all the attention this case is getting, and the justified outrage by City officials, no judge is going to want to give special treatment to this character. I hear no one defending him now.

  • No matter what happens to him legally, there's no question he has destroyed his own career. I have a hard time seeing him ever working in show business again. He will be treated as a pariah, and deservedly so. He has seriously offended both black and white people. And gay people. And for what? Because he didn't like his salary? He was probably making millions!

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