Jussie Smollett loses bid to have new case dropped on double-jeopardy grounds
Actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo: Screenshot)

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett’s new criminal charges do not violate his right against double jeopardy, a Cook County judge ruled Friday.The unusual end to Smollett’s case last year — in which the actor entered an informal arrangement to forfeit his $10,000 bond, with no admission of wrongdoing, in exchange for his charges being dropped — does not count as criminal punishment, Judge James Linn ruled.“You cannot have any criminal penalty, whether it’s jail, probation, conditional discharge … none of that can be ordered on the innocent or presumed innocent or the unadjudicated,” Linn said in denying ...


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