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3/10/2022

Jussie Smollett Sentenced: 150 Days

Filed under: General — JVW @ 7:16 pm



[guest post by JVW]

Closing the book (at least until the inevitable appeals are filed) on one of the dumbest stories in the history of celebritydom, the notorious liar Jussie Smollett was sentenced today to five months imprisonment for staging a hate crime against himself over three years ago and then repeatedly lying about it to law enforcement and the court:

After a nearly seven-hour hearing, Judge James Linn sentenced the actor and singer to 150 days in jail and 30 months of probation, and ordered him to pay restitution of just over $120,000 and a $25,000 criminal fine. He could have been sentenced to as much as three years in prison. Immediately after the sentence was read, Smollett repeatedly declared that he was innocent and that he was not suicidal.

“I did not do this. If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it myself,” Smollett said during an emotional outburst. He left the courtroom with his fist raised, continuing to declare his innocence. “I could have said that I was guilty a long time ago.”

Until now, I was not aware that Mr. Smollett had incriminating evidence against Bill and Hillary Clinton, but I wish him well in the hoosegow anyway.

Linn acknowledged the testimony of defense witnesses who described Smollett as a gentle person and a community advocate, dedicated to social justice. But Smollett has a “dark side,” Linn said, that includes extreme arrogance and narcissism.

“You wanted to make yourself more famous, and for a while it worked,” Linn said. “You actually threw a national pity party for yourself.”

Apparently Judge Linn had never before met a Hollywood celebrity. Also unmoored from reality and prone to fanciful conjecture, it would seem, is Mr. Smollett’s defense attorney:

Smollett’s defense lawyer, Nenye Uche, called for probation, arguing that the crimes his client was convicted of — filing false police reports — weren’t violent, and he doesn’t have a felony record. Smollett’s reputation and career already has been harmed, Uche said, and he’s already paid a fine and done community service. He called the charges against Smollett “a misdemeanor dressed up as a felony.” He asked Linn for mercy and said Smollett has suffered enough.

“Why are we jumping up and down acting like this is a murder case. It’s not,” Uche said, arguing that if Smollett were jailed, he could catch Covid-19 and die. “Sending Mr. Smollett to jail is almost like a death sentence. Yes, it is, because anything medically can go wrong.”

Naturally, the perp had his defenders:

Defense mitigation witnesses, including the former Empire music director, described Smollett as a “loving and wonderful young man” who donated time and money to nonprofits. He received letters of support from several people and groups, including the Black Lives Matter organization, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

I’m sure that Samuel L. Jackson’s letter would have been far more effective if he had not addressed the judge as “Mothaf***er” and threatened “great vengeance and furious anger.” Associating with the noted twerp, Shelton “Spike” Lee, probably didn’t lend any credibility to Mr. Jackson’s earnest plea either.

Yes, things being how they are Mr. Smollett will probably be furloughed within 30 days, if he even serves any time at all. But at least the next hate crime hoaxer will know to come up with something more plausible than encountering MAGA guys in Chicago at 3:00 am on a freezing cold night while venturing out for some tasty Subway sandwiches. Godspeed to everyone involved in this abject lunacy, and I sincerely hope I never have to write the name Jussie Smollett again.

– JVW

16 Responses to “Jussie Smollett Sentenced: 150 Days”

  1. Imagine Jesse Jackson’s organization as your character witness. Was Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam posse too busy to write a letter of support?

    JVW (ee64e4)

  2. He received letters of support from several people and groups, including the Black Lives Matter organization, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

    Way to kick a man while he’s down.

    norcal (a4a1aa)

  3. Jesse Jackson just looks at the zeros on the check. The Nation of Islam … how can I put this delicately … would be with the mainstream of the black community, as well as with mainstream Islam, in regard to Mr. Smollett’s “lifestyle”. That Hollywood was represented should be no surprise (except maybe a little that it was a black actor for because what I said before).

    nk (1d9030)

  4. He made a lot of Chicago politicians look like fools, and there is a penalty for that.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  5. Hope to never see his name again.

    mg (8cbc69)

  6. No stay of mittimus pending appeal. He started serving the jail sentence yesterday. Even if the appellate court reverses, he will have done the time. Might save the fine and restitution. Maybe.

    nk (1d9030)

  7. I will always remember that California’s once attorney general and now vice-president, immediately jumped all over this and blamed it on racism, calling it a “modern day lynching” even *before* the trial and facts came out:

    @JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.

    This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.

    Dana (351375)

  8. Smollett “stuck his fist” where, again?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. Smolletts suporters seem to favor empty gestures.
    Here is the emptiest of gestures to the Ukraine by Nancy Pelosi

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1501664953840852999

    “In fact, when I spoke to President Zelensky I said ‘Billie Jean King sends you her regards and wants to know how she can help in any event.”

    steveg (e81d76)

  10. I don’t think Jusse Smolett acted alone – someone else – some group – wanted him to do it, to generate more buzz, and they’re keeping him silent by promising him all this support. The motive the judge claimed does not make enough sense. He must have been promised lots of money and fame.

    Sammy Finkelman (46ec7d)

  11. Samuel L. Jackson needs to lose the unearned conservative cred that some bestowed upon him because of his pithy “the way to stop racism is to stop talking about racism” quote. At least Cosby tows the paymasters line.

    urbanleftbehind (c6f17b)

  12. Snakes On A Plane, meet Soap On A Rope.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  13. Russian jets or missiles attacking Ramstein Air Base sounds like a really easy way to start World War III.

    “Look what you make me do” says every drunk wife-beater everywhere. You cannot play this game, or you won’t be able to take a crap for fear it will set off WW3. “Walking on eggshells” is no way to live.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  14. oops. wrong thread.

    Kevin M (38e250)

  15. You may not have to write his name but as the judge as sentencing said, “Your very name has become an adverb for lying and I cannot imagine what could be worse than that.” 

    I can imagine “Jussie: being used to describe hate hoaxes in language in many ways.

    Jeff S (e03f44)

  16. Smollett freed. Jussie was merely ‘biden’ time: 150 days = 6 days.

    More proof the U.S. justice system is literaly an expensive joke.

    … and O.J. smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)


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