Jussie Smollett was back in a Chicago courtroom today. He was arraigned on six new charges of disorderly conduct. The charges stem from a staged attack that Jussie Smollett is accused of orchestrating in January of 2019. Smollett allegedly hired two of his personal trainers, Nigerians, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to “attack” him. He filed a police report stating that his attackers were two white men who were wearing MAGA hats.
His attorney, Tina Glandian, pled not guilty on his behalf. Jussie was not determined to be a flight risk. So,he was released on his own recognizance. His attorneys have also filed a motion to dismiss the case citing double jeopardy law.
Does Double Jeopardy Apply?
I do not see how double jeopardy applies since he was never tried for the charges the first time. Kim Foxx had recused herself and kicked it down to lower ranking office staff. The charges were all dismissed and he agree to forfeit his $10,000 bond.
Also the issue has already been addressed. Judge Michael Toomin ruled that Foxx didn’t have the authority to appoint someone else to prosecute the case. In addition, the person she chose was not even part of the state’s attorney’s office until she created a position for him. Therefore, the judge ruled that all of her actions from charging and indicting Smollett to eventually dismissing the case were invalid.
Later, a special prosecutor was assigned to look into the entire case, after a judge found “unprecedented irregularities.” Foxx is currently running for re-election. She is none too happy about the case being re-litigated. I certainly hope that she is voted out of office. But it is Chicago.
Judge Orders Google To Release Jussie Smollett’s Data
In early January, a Cook County judge signed off on two separate search warrants. One demanded Google release all information related to Jussie Smollett’s Gmail. It also included other Google accounts. The warrant covers a year of his activities. This includes and all location data and information from the use of Google Maps Timeline.
In addition, Google was ordered to turn over all records and historical web history data associated with Smollett’s email address. The warrant demands all files related to sent email, drafts and deleted messages The warrant also demands all geo-location and geo-tagging data, and any and all private messages.
The next court date was set for March 18th.
This is one hell of a court day, no?