Jussie Smollett is appealing his hate crime hoax conviction and is headed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Jussie Smollett’s Appeal

Jussie Smollett, the former “Empire” star, is appealing his 2021 conviction for staging a hate crime against himself. The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear his case, although a date has not been set for the hearing. Smollett filed a petition last month asking the high court to intervene after an Illinois appeals court upheld his conviction in December.

In 2019, Smollett, who is black and openly gay, claimed that he was attacked in Chicago by two men wearing ski masks. He said they hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him while shouting, “This is MAGA country.” However, police concluded that Smollett had staged the attack himself by paying two Nigerian brothers to do it. Smollett was found guilty on five of the six charges of disorderly conduct and sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months of felony probation, restitution to the city of Chicago, and a fine. He served only six days in jail before being released pending his appeal.

Smollett’s attorneys have argued that politics and public outrage have complicated the case, and they are seeking to have his conviction overturned.

In December, an Illinois appeals court upheld Smollett’s conviction, stating that the state was not barred from reprosecuting him after a nolle prosequi was entered. Special Prosecutor Dan K. Webb praised the court’s decision, calling it a victory for justice and a validation of the tireless work done on the case.

Many believe that Smollett tried to exploit racial and political divisions in the country for personal gain. It is hoped that the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold his conviction and that he will serve the full jail sentence he deserves.

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