Finally a judge has just ordered that Jussie Smollett’s criminal case file be unsealed after it was sealed when his case got dismissed:
NBC NEWS – An Illinois judge Thursday ordered Jussie Smollett’s criminal case file be unsealed.
Smollett was accused of filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate crime attack carried out by two men on a city street in January, but less than three weeks after being indicted on 16 felony counts, Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against the actor.
On the same day the charges were dismissed in late March, Smollett’s defense team requested that the evidence and records in the case be immediately sealed, and the state did not object, according to court documents.
Lawyers for media outlets argued that the sealing of the records “violates the public’s right of access to court records and proceedings” and “the matter has been widely publicized and the defendant and his attorneys have appeared on national television discussing the case,” Thursday’s decision document said.
Smollett’s defense team claims Smollett wants to keep this quiet.
But the judge ain’t buyin’ it:
Meanwhile, Smollett’s lawyers countered that the actor has “the right to be left alone,” and noted that the media had ample time to access the records regarding the case before they were sealed, the document said.
“To be sure, it is easily conceivable that a defendant whose case was dismissed would wish to maintain his sense of privacy, even if, perhaps especially if, the media covered the case,” Judge Steven G. Watkins wrote in the decision. “However, that isn’t that case.”
“While the court appreciates that the defendant was in the public eye before the events that precipitated this case, it was not necessary for him to address this so publicly and to such an extent. By doing so, the court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed,” the decision said.
Exactly. Smollett went on Good Morning America and did an interview about it where he lied up one side and down the other.
The only reason he wants to keep it private now is to hide the salacious details of how Kim Foxx let him off the hook.
It will be very interesting to see what really happened between Foxx and Smollett…