Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Arrested for Filing a False Police Report after Attack Claim
Actor and singer Jussie Smollett was arrested on Thursday, February 21, 2019 for filing a false police report after claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Smollett claimed to police on January 29, 2019 that he was physically attacked by two men at approximately 2 a.m. after picking up food at a Subway restaurant in downtown Chicago. He reported that the assailants yelled racist and homophobic slurs before pouring an unknown chemical substance on him and wrapping a rope around his neck. Smollett had allegedly received a threatening letter days before the alleged attack.
The Empire star was taken into custody just hours after he was charged with felony disorderly conduct, an offense that could bring one to three years in prison.
Certain constitutional protections apply to a person charged with a crime. There are also certain procedures that are roughly the same from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The following is a brief description of what happens when a person is charged with a crime.
After a person is arrested, he will be “booked” at the police department. This entails taking fingerprints and completing other procedural requirements. The person will then be held in police custody pending a court hearing. This hearing will usually take place within 48 hours. One would expect a person like Jussie Smollett to be released on bond after a bail amount is set by the judge. The purpose of the bond is to ensure that the person appears in court for future court appearances.
At the court hearing, the judge will read the charges against the person, who is called the defendant. The judge will try to make sure that the defendant understands the charges. The judge will then ask the defendant to enter a plea. A defendant can enter a plea of “not guilty”, of “no contest”, or of “guilty”.
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