USA Today reports:
Jussie Smollett will face a Chicago trial jury starting in late November, after a judge denied his latest motion to dismiss disorderly conduct charges arising from an alleged hoax hate crime he reported in 2019.
During a mostly behind-closed-doors virtual hearing in Chicago Friday, Judge James Linn allowed one of the newest members of Smollett’s sprawling team of defense lawyers, Nenye Uche, to plead for dismissal again.
Among his most passionate arguments, Uche said Smollett had been offered a non-prosecution deal by previous prosecutors in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and that Smollett had kept his side of the bargain, having already performed community service and given up a $10,000 bond under the deal.
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Jussie Smollett’s in-person trial is set to begin Nov. 29 in Judge James Linn’s courtroom, which will be open to the public and press but closed to media cameras. https://t.co/oL6l1yHMUT
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