CHICAGO (AP) — A decide on Monday granted attorneys for Jussie Smollett extra time to organize arguments on a number of points, together with whether or not they can introduce a key witness’s earlier conviction for battery.
Cook dinner County Decide James Linn Linn scheduled the subsequent listening to within the case for Aug. 26.
However Linn additionally urged attorneys for Smollett and the particular prosecutor’s workplace to get ready for a trial or different decision to the costs that the actor staged a racist and homophobic assault in 2019.
Progress on the case was slowed by accusations that one in all Smollett’s attorneys, Nenye Uche, had spoken to the 2 males the actor allegedly employed to assist him perform the assault. Particular Prosecutor Dan Webb argued that was a battle of curiosity.
Linn on Friday ordered that Uche may stay on the case however prohibited him from questioning the 2 brothers, Abinbola and Olabinjo Osudairo, ought to the case go to trial.
Uche advised the decide on Monday that he wanted extra time to organize arguments on a number of pre-trial motions, together with the protection’s hope to introduce proof in regards to the older brother’s prior conviction.
Smollett, who was starring within the tv present “Empire” on the time of the incident, has been charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly submitting false police reviews about what occurred. He has denied the allegations and pleaded not responsible.
Smollett attended Monday’s digital listening to and advised the decide he was in New York Metropolis.
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