Written by: Khalif Thompson
Jussie Smollett is on the lookout for a new case. According to our sources, the convicted hoax artist is refusing to accept his not-guilty judgment and is blaming the jury selection procedure for his fate.
Smollett is seeking a reversal of his conviction and, if that isn't feasible, a fresh trial, according to recent legal papers.
Smollett's attorneys claim they were unable to speak with possible jurors and vet them for the case because they were unable to communicate with them. The legal team also claims that prosecutors pick jurors in a racist manner.
Furthermore, the defense team claims that the judge improperly excluded the media and public from the courtroom, and that the prosecution pushed witnesses into making false statements.
Jussie Smollett was convicted of 5 counts of disorderly conduct in December for lying to the Chicago Police Department about a hate crime that has since been labeled a hoax. In January 2019, Smollett orchestrated a racial and homophobic attack against himself in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood.
Smollett, who is now a convicted criminal, exhibited little emotion as the verdict was announced, according to ABC 7 Chicago. He was charged with six charges of felony disorderly conduct, one of which was dropped. The sixth charge was dropped because he changed his story to Detective Robert Graves in February of this year, saying the assailant was not white and instead said "pale-skinned."
Smollett was freed on a recognizance bail, but he will be extradited to Chicago for sentencing, where he faces one to three years in prison for each conviction. Due to his lack of criminal background, experts predict that the Empire actor will be sentenced to probation. There has yet to be a sentencing date scheduled.