A judge threw out the attempt by Jussie Smollett to get charges against him dropped, rejecting the reasoning that the charges represented double jeopardy.
Smollett’s attorneys said that because he served 16 hours of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond on previous charges, he had already served his punishment and could not be charged again.
New charges were filed in February that Smollett filed false police reports saying he was attacked by Trump supporters because he was gay.
Evidence surfaced that Smollett had paid two brothers to attack him and faked the hate crime, but Smollett still insists that the incident occurred.
The judge pointed out that no trial occurred, so his community service and bond forfeiture did not constitute punishment.
Read the full story here.