A Chicago judge ruled in favor, Thursday, of a colleciton of media outlets who requested court documents and investigation records related to
A Chicago judge ruled in favor, Thursday, of a colleciton of media outlets who requested court documents and investigation records related to „Empire“ actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged fake hate crime, unsealing Smollett’s case file and granting reporters access to the full trove.
The Chicago Sun-Times — one of the papers requesting access to the Smollett file — reported that the Cook County judge, Steven Watkins, ordered the documents unsealed because Smollett and his attorneys had “not shown good cause to rebut the public presumption of access.“
Smollett’s case files were sealed in the same hearing where the Cook County States Attorney announced that they would drop 17 felony counts against the „Empire“ actor in return for approximately 16 hours of community service and a $10,000 check — the „down payment“ Smollett left with the court when he was let out on bond.
Smollett was, of course, not required to admit that he was guilty of orchestrating an alleged „hate attack“ on himself that took place in the early hours of January 29.

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