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Jussie Smollett Hires Michael Cohen’s Defense Attorney

Smollett may need legal defense if charged for filing a false police report.

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Facing accusations of perpetrating a hate hoax, Empire actor Jussie Smollett has secured the services of defense attorney Michael Monico.

Monico has defended high-profile individuals from criminal prosecution, such as Michael Cohen.

Smollett’s hiring of the lawyer could be a sign the Chicago actor will be charged by authorities for filing a false police report in regards to his alleged late January attack, a class four felony in Illinois. Smollett claimed he had been attacked by two Trump supporters, who doused him with bleach and chanted racial and homophobic abuse at him.

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Monico confirmed he had started representing Smollett in a legal podcast on Thursday.

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It appears more likely than ever Smollett had been lying in accusing Trump supporters of attacking him, as sources within the Chicago Police Department now attest.

Smollett may have arranged for two extras on Empire and Nigerian nationals, brothers Ambimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, to have helped stage the attack on him. The Osundairo brothers were arrested and questioned by Chicago Police in regards to their potential role in the attack Friday.

After reports that the brothers were going to be charged, they were released, as the police interview of the brothers created a need for further investigation. It’s possible that they chose to come clean about Smollett’s orchestration of the hate hoax in order to escape criminal prosecution for participating in it.

Smollett had aroused suspicion from police when he provided redacted phone records to officers for the investigation.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had stated that Smollett would be “held accountable” if his allegations were revealed as a hoax, which now seems almost certain.

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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis

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After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”

Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus

Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”

Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.

In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.

With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.

Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.

A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.

This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.

Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.

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