The presiding judge of Cook County’s criminal division ruled on Tuesday to allow cameras in the courtroom during Jussie Smollett‘s next hearing.
Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said he will allow cameras for the “Empire” star’s hearing on Thursday (March 14) to face 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
Jussie is accused of staging his own attack in Chicago in late January.
The actor and singer is actually happy about the ruling because he and his legal team feel like it will benefit them for the public to see how shaky and weak the state’s case is against him.
Smollett’s attorney, Tina Glandian, said all of the rumors and leaks surrounding her client in regards to this case is “actually demonstrably false.”
Tina told Judge Martin:
In light of the substantial amount of misinformation in the case, the defense actually welcomes cameras in the courtroom.
Don’t grab your popcorn and a cold pop just yet! The hearing on Thursday will be brief with Judge Martin announcing which judge will preside of Jussie Smollett’s case.
The appointed judge will then have the power to decide on whether or not he or she will continue to allow cameras into the courtroom.
Jussie was not required to be in court on Tuesday, but he came anyway looking strong and determined in spite of everything.