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Jussie Smollett Sentencing is Set for March 10, 2022

If you remember, Jussie Smollett made some serious allegations in January 2019. He claimed crowds hated him because he was Black and gay. They screamed at him, shouting racial slurs and anti-gay remarks. He also said they placed a rope around his neck. 

Jussie Smollett was convicted on December 9, 2021, of five felony counts of disorderly conduct, though Smollett maintained his innocence throughout these last three years. 

Chicago Judge James Linn set the sentencing date for the former “Empire” actor during a hearing on Zoom. Jussie Smollett sentencing is set for March 10, a Cook County judge said on Thursday. 

These charges carry a possible three-year prison sentence. However, legal experts don’t believe Smollett will do time for these felonies. The good news is he may get probation and community service. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the bad news is that he will still have to answer to the city of Chicago and other pending lawsuits. Chicago authorities want their money back… all $130,000. That’s what they spent on a massive investigation involving about two dozen of their finest police officers. 

The investigation revealed Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to lie. He told them what to say, including telling them to refer to “MAGA country,” an apparent connection to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

What are your thoughts on Jussie Smollett sentencing? Should he get off with probation? What kind of community service should he do? What would be an appropriate action for Smollett at this time? 

 

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Mikki Donaldson is a southern girl, born in “hard time Mississippi.” She, like her town, has seen many hurricanes, but bounce back each time. Mikki is no different from any other person with a passion, late to bed and early to rise. The writer adores her family and seeks to leave her mark on this remarkable world.