Cook County Court Caves, Releases Jussie Smollett on Bond

Convicted felon Jussie Smollett is being released from jail after serving just six days of his 150-day sentence.

The disgraced Hollywood actor will be released on bond so he can appeal his conviction ruled by an Appellate Court.

The move has been slammed as the worst legal decision in Cook County since they were caught fixing cases for the mob in the 1970s.

The court ruled 2-1 to free the rich and famous celebrity to spare him from justice after being convicted in a court of law on multiple felony charges.

Smollett is expected to hold a press conference at the Cook County Jail in Chicago at 7:30 pm local time after he posts bond to celebrate his release.

“The defendant has been convicted of non-violent offenses and that this court will be unable to dispose of the instant appeal before the defendant would have served his entire sentence of incarceration,” according to a ruling by appellate justices Thomas E. Hoffman and Joy Cunningham.

“It is hereby ordered that the motion of the defendant, Jussie Smollett, to stay his sentence of incarceration and to grant him a bond pending the disposition of his appeal or until further order of this court is granted.”

A third judge Maureen Connors, disagreed, writing simply:

“I dissent and would deny this motion.”

From The Daily Mail:

The actor will be released from the Cook County Jail on a $150,000 personal recognizance bond.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb had asked the panel to deny the release request, calling it illogical and saying the claims that Smollett’s health was in jeopardy ‘factually incorrect.’ 

‘Rather than attempt to meet his burden of showing good cause for his immediate release, Mr. Smollett makes only cursory, woefully undeveloped arguments,’ deputy special prosecutor Sean Wieber wrote.

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Smollett, who has been serving his time in psychiatric care, was sentenced to 150 days behind bars.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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