"The punishment does not fit the crime," said Tina Lawson in the hours before Jussie Smollett was released from jail.
A former career federal prosecutor told Newsweek that the appeals court ruling could be used by defense attorneys in the future.
The "Empire" actor was recently sentenced to 150 days in jail for staging a hate crime against himself, but after a new appeal was lodged, he's been released.
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to 150 days behind bars after he was found guilty of staging a hate crime on the streets of Chicago in 2019.
Smollett was convicted last year for lying to police about a staged attack in 2019 that was made to look like a hate crime against the gay, Black actor.
Jurors deliberated for over nine hours before coming to a verdict on Thursday evening.
Smollett's defense attorneys allege the men carried out the attack on the actor, then tried to extort him for $1 million each after being questioned by police.
Smollett reported in January 2019 that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago, but prosecutors allege he staged the assault.
Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo—known as Abel and Ola—have alleged that Jussie Smollett orchestrated and paid them for his own attack at their hands.
Former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett has been accused of orchestrating an alleged racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago almost three years ago.
"As humans, everybody's got problems. When you wake up every day, you wake up to obstacles to overcome just in that day. If you don't have the courage to look fear in the eyes and say, 'Devil, you will not win,' what are you going to do?"
"Empire" was forced to air a different series finale after production was shut down, but the cast and crew expressed hope that they will get to film and air the original ending.
The "Empire" series finale may have been hit with troubles after production was delayed due to the coronavirus, but the show managed to bring the story of the Lyon family to a close.
The actor was indicted on Tuesday, after a special prosecutor led an investigation into the dismissal of 16 previous charges against him last February.
Performer Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb said Smollett had allegedly reported "a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred."
The attorney for the two brothers allegedly involved in a staged attack on the actor issued a statement that claimed Smollett's lawsuit lacks merit.
Smollett was still considered a victim of racial and homophobic aggressiveness at the time of this video obtained from police body cam.
"This really does shine a light -- not only on the case in of itself, but it shines a light on how mismanaged the office is. There really are serious cases being mismanaged."
When we pull back the curtain, the evidence that Fox News created and sustained our current political moment appears rather circumstantial.
CNN's Don Lemon asked "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's lawyer Patricia Brown Holmes about suspicions of political interference in the case after all charges against her client were dropped.
A right-wing radio host, Kevin McCullough, was ridiculed after floating the conspiracy theory that California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is the aunt of disgraced "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.
The "Empire" star, who is charged with falsifying a police report, could face a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.
The collapse was followed by mass migration, and a 110-mile was built for immigration control.
Vicente Zambada Niebla gave more than five hours of testimony about the operations of the Sinaloa Cartel, for which he had been groomed as a future leader.
In a race against tunneling looters, archaeologists stumbled on an "extraordinary" discovery just outside where the lost city walls once stood.
The Black Sea is fascinating to archaeologists because its zero-oxygen "dead zone" preserves shipwrecks and artifacts for thousands of years.