Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett was released from prison Wedneday night as the courts process his appeal.
“Smollett was granted a release on bond from the Cook County Jail in Illinois pending the appeal of his conviction. A panel of three appellate judges came down with the ruling in a 2-1 decision granting the former ‘Empire’ star’s release after posting a personal recognizance bond of $150,000,” reports Fox News.
“We are very happy with the ruling made by the Illinois District Appellate Court,” his attorney said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We are pleased that sensationalism and politics will be put aside and we can finally have an intellectual discussion about our laws with our esteemed appellate court.
“Three years ago, Jussie and the State of Illinois reached a deferred prosecution agreement in which he paid a $10,000 fine and performed community service. As a result, the case was dismissed,” the statement continued. “To be recharged and prosecuted for the exact same thing, a second time, is not just morally wrong, but certainly double jeopardy and thus unconstitutional – especially as it concerns an innocent man.”
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