Smollett's lawyer welcomes cameras in courtroom

Sergio Cunningham
March 13, 2019

Cameras will be allowed at Thursday's hearing in the criminal trial of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The current judge of Cook County's criminal division reportedly made a decision to allow cameras in the courtroom during Smollett's next appearance in court on Thursday for criminal charges he is facing.

Meanwhile, an attorney for the brothers involved in the case says her clients were betrayed by Smollett.

"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 said. The hearing was actually for his lawyer, Mark Geragos, to finalize his paperwork in order to represent Jussie in the state of IL. The high profile attorney will be representing Smollett in court on Thursday.

A grand jury indicted the 36-year-old Empire actor last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination. "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption".

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"Meanwhile, following the news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ".

Smollett said they also yelled, "This is MAGA country", in a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again". "We stand behind the work of detectives & refer any comment on indictment to prosecutors".

After a three week investigation, police concluded that Smollett actually conspired with the Osundairo brothers to stage the attack.

Police say Smollett - who gained fame on Fox musical drama "Empire" - staged the attack in a bid to gain publicity and a bigger paycheck. "We love the hell outta you". During a press conference last month, Eddie claimed Jussie took "drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention", adding the actor "concocted a story" about an alleged hate crime that "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

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