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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