What happens next with Smollett? ‘He needs to go to jail for what he did. Go to prison,’ says Murdock

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If disgraced Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett weren’t a rich, powerful, privileged member of Hollywood, he’d be in jail right now, maintains conservative political commentator Deroy Murdock.

“If this person’s name were Jussie Jones or Jussie Smith, I think he would be behind bars right now,” Murdock said Saturday on “Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” adding that the decision by prosecutors to drop all charges against Smollett “”overturn[ed] the basic American idea of equal justice under law.”

“When people look at this story, it’s infuriating for them,” he added. “They see this as green privilege. He had lot of money and fame and talked his way out of this through connections that the average person would not be able to do. Is there any hope left for any justice here?”

That said, when happens next? It depends.

Listen to Murdock’s commentary below:

He argued that if the actor continues to refuse to recoup Chicago for the $130,000 it wasted in investigating the hate crime hoax he’d perpetrated, he ought to be charged again.

“I think what he needs to do next if he’s smart is pay this $100,000 overtime, which was triggered because of his completely fake hoax, his repeated lies to police,” he said.

“He’s not paid this. They now are going to sue him possibly for triple damages. It’s going to be $390,000. And if this thing continues, ultimately I think they should put the charges back on him. He ought to be tried and, if he’s convicted based on this overwhelming amount of physical and other evidence they have, he ought to spend a lot of time behind bars. He needs to go to jail for what he did. Go to prison.”

Murdock added that thanks to Smollett, Chicago authorities wasted time and resources trying to solve his alleged attack versus solving the innumerable murders and robberies that occurred from the time he reported his hoax in late January to the time he was arrested in mid-February.

“There was something like 2654 crimes that took place while this entire ridiculous hoax investigation was going on,” he explained. “That includes 20 murders, 134 criminal sexual assaults, 342 robberies, 288 aggravated batteries. The cops could have been investigating or possibly even preventing those crimes if Jussie Smollett didn’t have them running around chasing these imaginary figments of his imagination throughout the streets of Chicago.”

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The actor has thus far refused to recoup Chicago for reasons that remain unclear. Murdock suspects it may be because paying the money would be a tacit admission of guilt.

“If that happened, it would basically say, yeah, he did it. He really is guilty,” he said, adding that stunningly enough, Smollett “still maintains his innocence,” despite the evidence against him.

Included among the evidence are the words of the very prosecutors who oversaw his case.

“I do not believe he is innocent,” First Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats said to CBS after his office dropped the charges against Smollett in late March. Why then did his office drop the charges? To allegedly refocus its resources on “violent crimes and the drivers of violence.”

“Jussie Smollett is neither one of those,” Magats said.



So is there any chance of justice left in this case. Murdock believes so.

“I know he is still under investigation for the federal mail fraud because of that letter that he allegedly sent to himself,” he explained to “Fox & Friends” co-jost Jedediah Bila.

About a week before he perpetrated his hate crime hoax, Smollett received a letter that contained a white powder (later identified as ground-up Tylenol) and the ominous message, “Smollett, Jussie you will die.” Also included was the word “MAGA.”

It’s now believed the actor had sent the letter to himself.

“If Smollett mailed himself the menacing letter that he said he received before his ‘attack,’ he will be ripe for a federal mail-fraud and postal-threat prosecution,” Murdock wrote in a column for National Review published last week. “Let’s hope that officials find Smollett’s fingerprints all over that envelope and his DNA on the dried saliva on its seal. If this sends Smollett to federal prison for several years, then God Bless America.”

“Lock him up!” Murdock added.

He’s not the only one who shares this sentiment.




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