Lawyer who intervened in Jussie Smollett case refuses subpoena

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A Cook County judge Thursday ordered records in Jussie Smollett's criminal case to be unsealed, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

However, lawyers for Jussie fought in favour of keeping the documents sealed. Yet, it seems Smollett derailed his own case because he spoke so openly about the verdict.

The files were originally sealed under an IL law that allows the documents of dismissed cases to remain sealed. "However, that isn't that case". Smollett wanted to keep the case under wraps - but something Smollett did after the case really hurt him.

Smollett's lawyers had argued that since the case was dropped, Smollett had "the right to be left alone".

"Smollett voluntarily appeared on national television speaking about the incident in detail", Judge Watkins said. "After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case", spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said in a statement at the time.

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"The 12-page civil lawsuit, filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal battle that shows no signs of abating since Smollett reported that masked men beat him up on January 29 in Chicago, shouting slurs and wrapping a rope around his neck", reports the Associated Press. "The judge ruled against Smollett".

But he was charged after Chicago police determined that Smollett had agreed to pay $3,500 to two brothers he knew to stage the attack. But during a short and stunning hearing, the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped the charges against Smollett, though his bail was forfeited.

Attorneys for Smollett, who was accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, moved to seal the "Empire" actor's court records in March after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped all charges against him.

In her petition, O'Brien highlighted how Foxx said she recused herself in the early stages of the investigation - only to claim later that it was not a recusal "in the legal sense" that would have required the entire office to withdraw from the prosecution.

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