Do you agree with Jussie Smollett being sentenced to 10 years in prison?
It could happen.
The Feds are now involved and investigating to see whether Smollett sent the threatening letter to himself through the U.S. Postal System.
If so, things could get very bad for him.
Even worse than they are right now.
Because one thing you really don’t want to do is ever mess with the U.S. Postal System.
It might sound weird, but our Founding Fathers placed great protections around the Postal System because they saw it as extremely vital to our freedom and success as a country.
In addtion to the protections, they placed huge penalties for anyone who would use it improperly.
Here are more details about the investigation, from The Wrap:
The FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in the threatening letter that was sent to the “Empire” studio on Jan. 22, seven days before the actor reported an assault by two individuals in his Chicago neighborhood, two federal officials told ABC News on Tuesday.
The USPIS confirmed to TheWrap that the agency was assisting the FBI in investigating the letter, but declined to comment any further on the nature of the investigation — including whether it involves any role Smollett might have played — except to say that the agency is on call to assist the FBI.
The FBI, which is leading the investigation, declined to comment. Representatives for Smollett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story.
According to CNN, Chicago police said that a threatening letter addressed to Smollett was received on Jan. 22 at Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where “Empire” is filmed. The envelope, which included “MAGA” in red letters, contained a white powder that authorities later determined to be aspirin.
According to a Monday report by ABC News, law enforcement was investigating the two brothers who were questioned last week by police — Ola and Abel Osundairo — who had said that Smollett was upset the letter didn’t get enough attention.
Smollett was hospitalized on Jan. 29, and reported to police that he was assaulted near his Chicago home by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referenced “MAGA.” According to a police statement after the incident, the actor said he was battered “about the face,” had bleach poured on him and had a rope wrapped around his neck.
And confirmed by Fox News:
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett only resorted to staging a "bogus" attack on himself three weeks ago after the threatening letter he sent himself at his Chicago Fox studio two weeks before that didn't get him enough attention, Chicago cops said on Thursday.
"If he mailed that threatening letter to himself by using the post office, he engaged in postal fraud. That's five to 10 years in jail — that's three times what he's facing for filing a false report if the feds want to go there," Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said.
Smollett looked to gain attention from the letter and then the attack in order to get a bump up in pay, cops claimed.
Napolitano speculated that Smollett would plead not guilty and be released either on his own recognizance or with a small bond, before detailing the legal jeopardy he now faces.
"Each time he lied is a separate and distinct offense if the prosecutors want to frame it that way," Napolitano explained. "Filing the false report is an offense. Lying to them to back it up the first time he met with them is a second offense. Lying to them the second time he met with them — sometimes they merge those into one charge, but if they really want to get aggressive with him, they will file and get the grand jury to approve several charges against him, which expands his exposure in jail and gives police more negotiating latitude with his lawyers."
Chicago police expressed disgust with Smollett's alleged false report and staged attack on Thursday.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a press conference, "I'm left hanging my head and asking why: Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol...how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?"
Johnson added, "Bogus police reports cause real harm."
Smollett turned himself into police Thursday morning on a separate felony charge of filing a false police report and disorderly conduct. He faces up to three years in prison on those charges.
Smollett, who is openly gay, had alleged that two masked men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant in Chicago.
He claimed that the men shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him, poured a substance on him, threw a rope around his neck and shouted, "This is MAGA country!"
After reviewing surveillance footage, two brothers were arrested and released without charges.
One step further:
To take things even one step further, one poster from Facebook makes the (very compelling) case that Smollett should actually be charged with SEDITION.
And of course that penalty is much worse.
Here's what he has to say:
Vis a Vis Jussie Smollett charged with "Disorderly Conduct"
Let us be clear, the conspiracy to produce a FAKE HATE CRIME is not satisfied by the charge of mere "Disorderly Conduct." This was a seditious act and clearly falls under the Federal Statute of Seditious Conspiracy. A crime invented to have a political impact is CLASSIC SEDITION.
Do you agree?