Verdict reached in the Jussie Smollett case

As I write this, two reporters following the Jussie Smollett trial from the courthouse have reported the jury has reached a verdict.

Jussie Smollett and his family were not at the courthouse today. However, Matt Finn reported earlier that they were stationed somewhere nearby because the Judge had told everyone that once a verdict came in he expected the parties to assemble in the courtroom within about 20 minutes. As I mentioned yesterday, there are no cameras in the courtroom so the verdict will be relayed on Twitter.

The jury got the case yesterday afternoon after hearing final arguments from both sides. They were in the deliberation room for about two hours but that apparently included time for them to eat dinner. Today, they started deliberations again just after 9 am and took breaks for lunch and dinner.

Smollett is facing six counts of disorderly conduct related to the (allegedly) false police report he filed about the “attack.” If convicted on all counts he could face three years in prison but I’ve seen several legal commenters suggest that’s unlikely in this case. In any case, if he’s convicted sentencing will probably take place in a couple weeks.

As I sit here waiting for word of the verdict to appear I’m having OJ Simpson flashbacks. I was in a friend’s apartment in Pittsburgh when that verdict was read. Neither of us could believe it.

We’re still waiting for the verdict… Here’s some live coverage and discussion as we wait:

FNC’s Matt Finn says we’re waiting on Smollett and his family.

A moment after that tweet, live coverage showed Smollett pulling up to the courthouse and going inside.

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