Legal Lynching of Jussie Smollett

Legal Lynching of Jussie Smollett

Frank Chapman

Chicago’s Criminal Justice System has once again distinguished itself with the legal lynching of Jussie Smollett. The mostly white jury found Smollett guilty after just nine hours of deliberation. This has been the most expensively prosecuted low grade felony case in Chicago history. And in addition to being an incredible waste taxpayers’ dollars it was the greatest mockery of a trial I have ever seen.

In all the criminal trials where I have seen innocent Black people framed up by racist, corrupt Chicago police officers, prosecutors and judges I have never seen prosecutors so fabricate evidence with lying witnesses and video tapes of Smollett driving around where he lives as evidence of him plotting an assault on himself. The evidence in this case was not circumstantial but contrived. Contrived and presented by the prosecutors with an unspeakable degree of racist arrogance.

Judge Linn openly sided with the prosecution throughout the trial and the media was silent. The media was as they tend to always be joint partners in this dehumanizing attack against Jussie Smollett, a Black gay man who has also been a warrior for justice for Black people.

Finally, let us say it loud and clear. This case has been used by the powers that be in this City to attack States Attorney Kim Foxx and our movement. They have tried to trivialize the very real cries for justice against a system that is blatantly racist and homophobic. This is unacceptable. We will fight back and we will win.

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