Jussie Smollett walked out of jail Wednesday evening after spending six nights of his 150-day sentence behind bars after he was found guilty of five felony counts of disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime in 2019.
An appeals court agreed with his lawyers that he be released from the Cook County Jail in Illinois pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack.
The panel of three appellate judges ruled 2-1 granting the former “Empire” star’s release after he posted a personal recognizance bond of $150,000.
Smollett’s defense attorney Nenye Uche claimed the disgraced actor only drank water and did not eat any food while in jail.
Uche also criticized the special prosector’s decision to charge Smollett after the initial charges were dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and he paid a fine.
“Let me make something clear: There is no room for politics in our court system and our appellate courts in this great state do not play politics,” Uche said.
After Smollett was sentenced last week, he proclaimed, “I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”
Many online called it a hypocritical case.
“The justice system is dead, replaced by a zombified version that takes Critical Race Theory unlawfully into account,” JD Rucker of The Liberty Daily tweeted.
“A White man who committed the same crime would not be released today,” Rucker added, “But Jussie Smollett is free.”
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said, “Smollett to be free pending appeal. Compare and contrast with Jan 6 defendants.”
If you live in Chicago please be careful, the hate crime criminal who attacked Jussie Smollett was released from jail last night ? pic.twitter.com/7FCutIKULg— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) March 17, 2022
An appeals court ordered Jussie Smollett to be released from jail.— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 17, 2022
"He, himself, knowing his ego, probably thinks he's been acquitted That is not the case. This is now an appeal," said @NaughtyNiceRob on Thursday's "Wake Up America."
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