Let There Be Cameras!
Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom Thursday for Jussie Smollett’s arraignment for filing a false police report in an alleged hate crime hoax. Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct/filing a false police report.
Judge Martin agreed to one still camera and one video camera at Thursday’s hearing. However, at the arraignment the case will be assigned to a trial judge. That judge will decide if he or she will allow cameras in the courtroom for the actual trial.
Since Jussie Smollett’s attorneys don’t object to the cameras, it is likely but not guaranteed that cameras will be allowed.
Cameras Aren’t A Sure Thing Though
After the hearing, Glandian gave the following statement to the multitudes of press.
“There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett which is demonstrably false,” Glandian later told reporters. “We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence — and what we believe is actually going to be the lack of evidence — against Mr. Smollett and we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out.”
So, my lovely trial watchers, it might be too early to pop the popcorn, but trust and believe I will be on this. I feel like a plea deal is possible. But if there is any station with gavel to gavel coverage, I’ll be pissing off all the rest of my readers by recapping it live. At least it won’t be as long as the Jodi Arias trials. Those are still my favorite posts I’ve ever written on this site. I miss watching trials with you guys. I still say station should do nothing but live trials. I’d never watch anything else.
I can’t see what happens at Jussie Smollett’s arraignment. I need live coverage of that, so if any of you find a live feed for Thursday, let me know in comments.
Season five of Empire returns to air after the season five hiatus tomorrow night on FOX. Fox has not made a decision on renewing the show for a sixth season. Jussie Smollett may have screwed everyone out of a job.