James Linn 法官拒绝了扩大媒体报道的请求. 在他上周五做出裁决时, 他没有立即给出解释. 然而, Fox News has learned that there will simply be no room in the court during jury selection.
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.
前者 “帝国” actor contends he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault in downtown Chicago on a frigid night in January 2019. 然而, Abimbola 和 Olabinjo Osundairo 兄弟姐妹, 谁在电视节目中与他合作过, 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 starting Monday with jury selection.