Smollett criminal trial is moving forward

 

A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January 2019.

 

An attorney for the actor said Smollett’s rights were being violated since he had already performed community service and given up a $10,000 bond under a deal with Cook County prosecutors to drop charges.

 

“A deal is a deal. That’s ancient principle,” attorney Nenye Uche said. But Judge James Linn noted that Smollett’s case now was being led by a special prosecutor appointed by another judge.

 

Jury selection in Smollett’s trial is set to begin Nov. 29.

 

 

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