CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett is back in court in Chicago to learn if a judge will order him locked up for his conviction of lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated or allow him to remain free.
Smollett, who is Black and gay, has denied that he participated in what he contends was a real attack and his attorney will ask that his December conviction on five felony counts of disorderly conduct be dismissed. Cook County Judge James Linn is unlikely to do that, which means he will move to sentence Smollett.
Linn can sentence Smollett to prison, jail or order he be granted probation and perform community service. The judge also could order a hefty fine and restitution.