Convicted in fake hate crime plot, what real punishments are possible for Jussie Smollett?
Jussie Smollett departs after a court appearance Feb. 24, 2020, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. - Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett walked out of the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday evening stone-faced, surrounded by family, followed by a swarm of reporters shouting questions and photographers angling for a shot. The courthouse frenzy at the conclusion of Smollett’s criminal trial was nothing new for his case, which for nearly three years has drawn a level of attention typically reserved for serious offenses such as public corruption, sexual abuse or murder. Smollett, by contrast, stands convicted of one of the lowest-level felonies Illinois has on the books — and the likelihood of hi...