据福克斯新闻记者现场报道, 法庭现在 “与媒体合作” 为新闻界制定战略 “将适合在法庭内。” 据记者了解, the press is sitting in the hallway and can see inside the courtroom, but the audio is hard to decipher.
Judge James Linn is presiding over the case. Because of guidelines present to help stop the spread of 新冠肺炎, Judge Linn decided that seating within the courtroom must be reserved for potential jurors.
然而, the courtroom will reportedly keep its doors open to provide some insight to the public as to what’s going on inside, provided that does not become a disruption. It’s expected that, once the jury is selected, there will be more room for reporters and cameras to film or stream the proceedings.
Smollett contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago on January 29, 2019. 然而, Abimbola 和 Olabinjo Osundairo 兄弟姐妹, who worked with him on “帝国,” 说他付钱给他们 $ 3,500 冒充他的攻击者.
斯莫列特被指控就所谓的袭击向警方撒谎，并被指控犯有扰乱秩序的重罪. 一类 4 重罪, the crime carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.
然而, experts have said it is more likely that if the 39-year-old is convicted, he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.
仍然, the actor has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings. After the brothers were taken into custody and released without charge, police noted at the time that the investigation had shifted. 不久之后, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
A Cook County grand jury returned a 16-count indictment charging the actor with falsely reporting an offense, but those charges were dropped. 然而, 我们. Attorney Dan Webb was later appointed as special prosecutor to investigate why those charges were dropped, ultimately leading a grand jury to return a six-count indictment against Smollett.
He has since 不认罪 to the restored charges and will argue his case in court.
福克斯新闻’ Tyler McCarthy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.