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BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Granted Release From Jail During Appeal For Hate Crime Hoax Conviction
On Monday, Jussie Smollett’s lawyers demanded the actor be released from prison after he and his family received “vicious threats” that supposedly raised concern for Smollett’s safety while in jail. This request was granted on Wednesday, allowing Smollett to be released from jail on bond while his lawyers appeal his conviction for staging a hate crime and lying to the police about it.
Back in December, Smollett, 39, was found guilty on five felony counts of disorderly conduct. Last week, the disgraced actor was sentenced to 150 days in jail, restitution to the city of Chicago of $120,106, and a $25,000 fine.
During his sentencing, Smollett claimed that he was not suicidal and that if he dies while in jail, it will be the result of foul play. He also maintained his innocence during his sentencing despite the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence against him.
“Your honor, I respect you, and I respect your decision,” said Smollett,” but I did not do this, and I am not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself, and you must all know that.”
Only days after being sent to the Cook County Jail, Smollett was placed in the psych ward, which prison officials claimed is standard policy for high profile criminals.
Smollett’s attorneys had insisted that he could be in danger of physical harm if he remained imprisoned at Cook County Jail, claiming their client was the target of “vicious threats”.
“Mr. Smollett has become the target of vicious threats in the social media forums which no doubt reflects the hatred and wish for physical harm towards Smollett which he may experience during incarceration,” the lawyers’ filing said.
Smollett’s brother has reportedly been “bombarded” with threatening phone calls, and the rest of the family has also received threats.
“Mr. Smollett anticipates he will most likely be assigned to segregated incarceration or protective custody, both euphemisms for solitary confinement; a situation which could have extraordinary damage on his mental health,” continued the filing. “As a result, any custodial setting poses a safety and health danger to the life of Mr. Smollett.”
Apparently, damage to a prisoner’s mental health is of the utmost importance in prison now. Jail, of course, is known to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Regardless, since he was convicted of ‘non-violent” offenses, the court is allowing Smollett to be released from Cook County Jail on a $150,000 recognizance bond, which only has to be paid if he misses a court date.
VIDEO: Kim Potter Only sentenced to 16 months in prison for 1st Degree Manslaughter
Extreme Leniency: Kim Potter was just sentenced to 24 months (2 years) in prison with credit for 8 months time served, meaning her sentence is 16 months.
Judge Regina Chu said that this was the case of a “cop who made a tragic mistake. She drew her firearm thinking it was a Taser and ended up killing a young man.”
The court approved a downward departure from the typical sentence, as Chu said Potter never intended to use her firearm and the scene painted as chaotic. (guy sitting in car)
By Minnesota law, Potter was sentenced only on the higher charge of first-degree manslaughter. The maximum charge is 15 years, but for someone with no criminal history like Potter, guidelines range from between six and eight-and-a-half years.
Navy allegedly defying court order, punishing SEALs seeking religious exemptions to vax mandate
The U.S. Navy is allegedly violating a federal court order to refrain from punishing Navy SEALs seeking Religious Accommodation Requests from the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to a motion filed this week in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
First Liberty Institute, representing the plaintiffs, filed the motion requesting the court hold a hearing to order the Navy and Defense Department to explain why they should not be held in contempt of court.File MSC-Brief_Redacted.pdf
“Navy SEAL 26 continues to be denied permission to travel to a treatment program for traumatic brain injuries, which this Court already called an ‘egregious example’ of harm suffered by Plaintiffs,” the motion claims. “Continuing to ignore this SEAL’s medical needs, even in the face of the Court’s explicit recognition of the harm to this SEAL in the preliminary-injunction order, is simply inexcusable.”
The SEAL offered to pay for his own travel to treatment, but was denied after “multiple high-ranking Naval officers in SEAL 26’s command began calling the treatment center and asking if it would deny treatment to someone who is unvaccinated,” which delayed his request and caused his spot at the treatment center to be lost.
Another plaintiff has been forced to remain at a training location for four months instead of four weeks and “is required to get special permission from the Commanding Officer to leave the base for any reason, even to get groceries or fill his car with gas,” according to the motion.
Meanwhile, other SEALs are also being denied opportunities for training and deployment.
“It is reprehensible that the Navy would deny health care to a Navy SEAL suffering the effects of traumatic brain injury,” Mike Berry, general counsel for First Liberty Institute, said in a statement.
“Despite the Court’s clear order prohibiting this kind of vindictive abuse, the Navy continues to punish and harass these warriors,” he alleged. “The Navy continues to deny our clients training and deployment opportunities and is assigning these soldiers menial tasks instead of allowing them to defend our country. This religious discrimination must stop.”
The federal court ruled in January that the Navy “merely rubber stamps each denial” of COVID vaccine Religious Accommodation Requests, which the judge said was unconstitutional.
“Our nation asks the men and women in our military to serve, suffer, and sacrifice,” Judge Reed O’Connor wrote in his approval of the preliminary injunction against the vaccine mandate for the 35 plaintiffs. “But we do not ask them to lay aside their citizenry and give up the very rights they have sworn to protect.”
“There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment,” the judge said. “There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”
The Navy told Just the News that it “doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.”
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