A verdict was reached in the Jussie Smollett hate hoax trial in December.
Smollett was found guilty on 5 charges of disorderly conduct – one count for each time he lied to police following the hoax ‘attack.’
Smollett was found not guilty on a 6th count of lying to a detective.
Smollet’s defense lawyers on Friday asked a judge to toss out the conviction or grant him a new trial, arguing Smollet’s constitutional rights were violated during the jury selection process.
Smollett is set to be sentenced in two weeks and faces up to 20 years in prison.
The New York Post reported:
Jussie Smollett’s lawyers asked a Chicago judge Friday to toss out his conviction for staging a hate crime — or grant him a new trial — claiming that his constitutional rights were violated by the court during the jury selection process.
Lawyers for the former “Empire” actor argued that the court made a litany of errors during the trial, which they claimed was “a lightning rod for the political divisions plaguing the country,” according to a filing obtained by The Post.
The defense’s post-trial motion came two weeks before the disgraced actor was set to be sentenced. He faces up to three years behind bars on each of the five counts of felony disorderly conduct, though it’ll be up to Judge James Linn whether Smollett gets any time at all.
The Gateway Pundit immediately pegged this ‘racist, homophobic’ attack against Smollett as a hate hoax in January 2019.
Smollett laughably claimed two ‘white men’ ambushed him at 2 am in 20 degree weather in downtown Chicago while screaming “This is MAGA country!”
The ‘Empire’ actor said the attackers poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck while verbally abusing him with homophobic and racial slurs.
It turns out Jussie Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers over $3,000 to help him pull off the “MAGA Country” hate hoax crime.
In previously released footage, the Osundairo brothers are seen purchasing all of the supplies for the hate hoax such as red hats, rope and bleach.
Despite all of the evidence presented in the court proving Smollett recruited the Nigerians to help him with this hate hoax, the ‘Empire’ actor lied to the court for hours and claimed he was a victim of a real crime.