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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

After a year of scathing headlines, escalating legal battles and bizarre tabloid twists, former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett will soon find himself in the same place he was last February -- facing charges in a Cook County courtroom alleging he staged a hate crime on himself.

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Look at that. Four false reports.

Winning.

#1 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-02-11 06:25 PM | Reply

Which Democrat presidential candidate has he endorsed?

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-11 06:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Has anyone asked Susan Collins if Jussie Smollett has learned his lesson?

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-11 06:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

Cook County prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct counts against him for allegedly orchestrating a racist, homophobic attack on himself early last year.

Totally exonerated!!

#4 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-02-11 06:48 PM | Reply

Corruption? In a DA's office? In Chicago? I am shocked! The initial dismissal of the charges against Smollett stunk at the time, and never changed. Hopefully this time the charges will stick. Chicago politics be damned.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-02-11 06:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What a dumbass. Was it worth it, Jussie? How's the acting career coming along?

Idiot.

#6 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-11 08:03 PM | Reply

This is a witch hunt. He was already totally exonerated!! Double jeopardy!! It was just a process crime. Unfair!

#7 | Posted by bored at 2020-02-11 09:22 PM | Reply

@#6 ... What a dumbass. Was it worth it, Jussie? ...

OK, this is weird. I need to focus and concentrate as I type the next sentence.

I agree with what I quoted.


I would also say that it most definitely was not worth it because it now gives an excuse to those who want to deny what occurred in the allegedly staged incident occurs in reality

So instead of boosting a career, it has destroyed a lot of what many have worked and sacrificed for.

So self-centered. Like so much of Hollywood.


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-02-12 12:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jussie can't claim double jeopardy but he will be able to claim that using a grand jury to charge him would prejudice the court because of the wide dissemination about his
innocence.

#9 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-02-12 01:51 PM | Reply

The best was the Daily Show Reenactment of the events. What a moron Smollett is.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-02-12 02:13 PM | Reply

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Since he never had to face a trial this doesn't count as double jeopardy.

#11 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-02-12 02:16 PM | Reply

don't beat yourself up, jussie.

#12 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-02-12 03:37 PM | Reply

don't beat yourself up, jussie

Oh, he won't.

Not when he can hire a couple people to do it for him.

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-12 03:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Which Democrat presidential candidate has he endorsed?

#2 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Going by the lies he tells, I'd guess Trump.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-12 05:59 PM | Reply

Y'all need to understand the depth of the charges JS is facing. He made multiple statements to three different police officers. Cop, Sergeant, and detective. Making a false statement to LEOs is a felony- punishment one to three years on each separate count. The state still has the option of a civil suit to recover the expense of the investigation based upon his lies.
Do real hate crimes occur? Certainly. The most likely to be a victim? Jews.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-02-13 08:10 AM | Reply

Y'all need to understand the depth of the charges JS is facing. He made multiple statements to three different police officers. Cop, Sergeant, and detective. Making a false statement to LEOs is a felony- punishment one to three years on each separate count. The state still has the option of a civil suit to recover the expense of the investigation based upon his lies.
Do real hate crimes occur? Certainly. The most likely to be a victim? Jews.

#15 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

No. The statistics don't bear out the most likely victim are Jewish people.

That said, this guy needs to go to jail. Hate Crimes aren't a damn joke to help push your career.

This kind of -------- hurts other people who actually were attacked and need help.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-02-13 12:24 PM | Reply

Yes they do. Per the FBI:

56.9 percent were victims of crimes motivated by offenders' anti-Jewish bias.
14.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
4.3 percent were victims of anti-Sikh bias.
3.9 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
3.2 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
2.7 percent were victims of anti-Other Christian bias.
2.4 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
2.0 percent were victims of anti-Eastern Orthodox (Russian, Greek, Other) bias.
0.9 percent (14 individuals) were victims of anti-Hindu bias.
0.7 percent (11 individuals) were victims of anti-Mormon bias.
0.7 percent (11 individuals) were victims of anti-Buddhist bias.
0.6 percent (9 individuals) were victims of anti-Jehovah's Witness bias.
0.5 percent (8 individuals) were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
6.7 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion).

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-13 01:29 PM | Reply

"Yes they do. Per the FBI:
56.9 percent were victims of crimes motivated by offenders' anti-Jewish bias."

Dang. Didn't take you for this kind of a weasel, Sitzkrieg. Hopefully you just cut and pasted without reading the full stats!
Those are only the percentages for religiously motivated hate crimes.
The percentages for racially motivated hate crimes put blacks at the top.
Importantly, the statistics show about 3x more racially motivated hate crimes than religiously motivated hate crimes.

2017 hate crime statistics: ucr.fbi.gov

Racial/ethnicity/ancestry bias (Based on Table 1.)
Among single-bias hate crime incidents in 2017, there were 5,060 victims of race/ethnicity/ancestry motivated hate crime.
48.6 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders' anti-Black or African American bias.

Religious bias (Based on Table 1.)
Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders' anti-Jewish bias.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-13 01:44 PM | Reply

Hopefully you just cut and pasted without reading the full stats!

#18 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-02-13 01:44 PM | FLAG:

I didn't stop to read ---- lol. I skimmed the bare minimum to ---- post.

#19 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-13 02:10 PM | Reply

Who bets Trump won't intervene to reduce Smollett's sentence in the event of a conviction?

#20 | Posted by anton at 2020-02-13 02:20 PM | Reply

Smollet should do 7-9 for the damage he's done to real hate crimes victims.

#21 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2020-02-13 06:02 PM | Reply

Where's the stats on faked hate racial thought crimes in the usa?

Let's look at the race crimes against whites in south africa now.....

#22 | Posted by mutant at 2020-02-13 10:26 PM | Reply

To put it another way, I think if you asked either a black or a Jew which they'd rather be, the answer is Jew.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-13 10:29 PM | Reply

"Where's the stats on faked hate racial thought crimes in the usa?"

Wait, you mean you don't have a talking point ready to go, with Tawana Brawley in a reverse Blacked meme on standby?

I swear, Deplorables are just phoning it in these days.
But I don't blame them.
Been a great year for Trump and, therefore, America.
They're just tired from so much winning!
#MAGA

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-13 10:35 PM | Reply

To put it another way, I think if you asked either a black or a Jew which they'd rather be, the answer is Jew.

#23 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2020-02-13 10:29 PM | FLAG:

Smollet is the Triple Crown winner of this. He's black. He's gay. He's Jewish.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-02-14 09:30 AM | Reply

To put it another way, I think if you asked either a black or a Jew which they'd rather be, the answer is not Jussie Smollett.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-14 02:04 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#18 | Posted by snoofy Population is important in these stats, namely there are over 40 million black people living in the US and about 5 million Jews. Are the hate crimes against blacks eight times or more than that of Jews?

#27 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-02-15 09:30 AM | Reply

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