Elon Musk dragged an embarrassing skeleton from President Joe Biden’s closet last night on Twitter. Musk mocked Biden for a social media post that Joe made about disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.
Biden’s post that Musk made fun of said: “What happened today to Jussie Smollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie.”
Smollett is not going quietly and taking his good luck with him but is demanding a new trial for his conviction for orchestrating a fake hate crime attack that blamed Trump supporters. Jussie should be in jail, he got a gift from a Chicago judge, so he should fire his legal advisers because the system may not be, nor should it, so kind to him in the future.
Jussie’s lawyers are arguing in the Illinois First District Appellate Court that trial judge James Linn was prejudiced against them, sandbagged their work during cross-examination, and let prosecutors strike a disproportionate amount of potential Black jurors and a gay juror.
His lawyers also make the shocking claim that Linn went too far at sentencing claiming he took “on a personal retributive tone, based on speculative information”
The filing says:
“From the very start of the circuit court’s order granting the appointment of a special prosecutor, Judge Toomin explicitly, unequivocally, and improperly set forth an opinion that Mr. Smollett was, in fact, guilty of charges which a) Mr. Smollett specifically pled not guilty to, and b) which, at the time of the appointment, had been duly dismissed.
“More importantly, Illinois courts have repeatedly held that a police department or other government agency is not considered a ‘victim’ within the meaning of the restitution statute.
“Mr. Smollett’s Constitutional rights to due process and to a fair trial were denied by prosecutorial misconduct including allegations that a defense witness was pressured to change his statement, two distinct Doyle violations during trial, and shifting the burden during closing arguments.
“A prosecutor may be considered to have shifted the burden of proof by suggesting to the jury that the defendant was obligated to present evidence at trial.
“Here, in rebuttal closing arguments, the prosecutor argued, “Mr. Uche gave you no evidence of any video that was missing” (R3226). This comment is the equivalent to asking “where’s the evidence.”
“By arguing to the jury that the counsel for the defendant failed to prove a fact or produce evidence that defendant had absolutely no burden to prove, the prosecutor implied that Mr. Smollett was required to prove his own innocence.
“That implication alone is sufficient to result in substantial prejudice to the defendant,” the filing says.
“The second instance occurred when the Prosecution asked Abimbola Osundairo if Defendant “ever made a statement to the public where he admitted that the hate crime was a hoax.
“Again, Illinois Courts have held that a prosecutor’s line of questioning suggesting that “defendant’s trial testimony was fabricated because he could have told the police officers the same story during the investigation but did not” was specifically improper.
“This can be particularly where a defendant’s credibility is integral to his defense, as was the case here.
“In fact, even the trial court sustaining an objection and giving instructions to the jury does not cure and thus still constitutes reversible error.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2023
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) March 16, 2023