Jussie Smollett Circus: Defense attorney accuses judge of physically lunging at her, snarling

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Former television star Jussie Smollett is finally facing trial for his alleged pre-planned hate crime hoax and his attorney, Tamara Walker, resorted to theatrics similar to her client’s in her defense of Smollett Thursday when she motioned for a mistrial. 

Walker used time during courtroom proceedings to try to prove that brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, the alleged attackers in the 2019 pre-meditated disaster, are homophobic by going through text messages one of them sent that reportedly used the slurs “fruit” and “gaylord.”

Proceedings went from bad to worse for Smollett’s defense when Judge James Linn, unamused, warned Walker that she was getting into something “collateral.”

The defense attorney asked for a sidebar following the judge’s comment, and once the jury cleared the room, she asked for a mistrial. Walker cited the judge’s “collateral” comment.

Judge Linn was “outraged,” according to Fox News correspondent Matt Finn, who was live-tweeting from the courtroom.

“Smollett attorney alleging judge Linn was being dismissive of some defense questions to an Osundairo brother, also alleging judge making snarling faces at defense team,” Finn reported.

Walker’s accusations continued when it became clear that the judge was not going to grant a mistrial. In a desperate attempt the recoup control of the situation, she accused the judge of lunging at her saying, “You did physically lunge at me.”

Judge Linn was not amused by Team Smollett’s antics, saying he merely stood up and Smollett’s defense attorney was asked to compose herself.

Chaos reportedly ensued, according to Chicago Tribune criminal reporter Megan Crepeau:

Twitter users were not impressed by Walker’s theatrical argument:

Smollett’s trial has not been going well for him. He faces six counts of disorderly conduct and filing a false report. He could face up to three years for making false statements to the police.


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