After losing his appeal on Friday about his prior conviction for organizing a hate crime against himself in 2019, actor Jussie Smollett will be returning to jail.
According to TMZ, a three-judge panel in an Illinois appeals court voted 2-1 to uphold the ruling.
Smollett’s team intends to pursue the conviction even after the Friday ruling.
A representative told the outlet, “We wish to highlight that the decision was divided, with Justice Lyle offering a detailed analysis in favor of Smollett.”
According to The Associated Press, Justice Freddrenna Lyle was the only judge to vote to overturn the conviction; therefore, his team thinks they have a case.
Smollett filed a multi-year lawsuit in January 2019, claiming he was the victim of a hate crime in Chicago, where two masked individuals had attacked him and hurled anti-gay and racial insults.
His claims quickly came apart, and it became clear that Smollett was the mastermind behind the hoax.
The situation surrounding Smollett’s case worsened when Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx decided not to pursue legal action.
Special prosecutor Dan Webb was recruited into the case following the unavoidable outcry to Foxx’s judgment; as a consequence, Smollett was found guilty on five counts in 2021.
Lyle expressed her belief that the conviction was “fundamentally unfair,” given that Smollett completed community service in 2019 as a condition of the case being resolved.
“It was common sense that Smollett was bargaining for a complete resolution of the matter, not simply a temporary one,” Lyle stated per AP.
Webb told TMZ, “Having a dissenting voice in the ruling is not uncommon.”
“The appellate court ruled on every issue Mr. Smollett raised in our favor and against him,” he added. “This was a resounding and profound victory for us today.”
The actor from “Empire” was freed from prison in 2022 after serving just six days of his 150-day sentence. He has since attempted to appeal the decision.
While Smollett can no longer legally appeal Friday’s decision, according to Webb, the actor “can file a petition for a higher appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.”
Webb added: “This is purely discretionary, meaning the court does not have to hear this appeal.”
“If the Supreme Court decides to hear his appeal, there will be briefs filed and a hearing date set,” Webb continued. “If not, then the case goes back to the trial court, which will execute his sentence.”
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