Jussie Smollett’s Lawyer Wants Cameras In Court So That Public Can See Evidence
Written by KFAT on March 13, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Jussie Smollett’s lawyer said on Tuesday that they would welcome cameras inside the courtroom for the ‘Empire’ actor’s trial to allow the public to “see the evidence and the lack thereof.” Smollett, who is being tried on charges of filing a false police report, insists there’s been a lot of leaked misinformation going out that’s damaging his case.
The actor’s lawyer, Tina Glandian, commented during a brief hearing on Tuesday that both sides have agreed to allow cameras inside the courtroom during the next setting of the case. Courts in Illinois typically do not allow cameras during a hearing, but judges have discretion to grant exceptions where it is in the interest of the public.
Smollett was present during the hearing on Tuesday to “show confidence in his innocence.”
“There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact,” Glandian said, as quoted by USA Today. She added that the evidence against Smollett is “demonstrably false.”
Judge LeRoy Martin Jr., the presiding judge of Cook County Circuit Court’s criminal division, allowed a videographer for the hearing on Thursday, when Smollett is expected to be arraigned.
Meanwhile, ‘Empire’ has rolled out the remainder of the fifth season, wherein Smollett has been written out of the last two episodes thereof. As to whether this is temporary or permanent, executive producer Brett Mahoney said they are still waiting to see how the legal proceedings unfold.
“It’s too early to think about what we would have to do if we didn’t have Jussie,” Mahoney told EW. Mahoney, however, believes that Smollett’s case won’t jeopardize the show and its future.
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