1 story equals 16 felony counts for Smol­lett

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A grand jury’s 16-count in­dict­ment an­nounced Fri­day against Jussie Smol­lett might be the re­sult of pros­e­cu­tors look­ing to charge the “Em­pire” ac­tor for in­di­vid­ual lies they con­tend he told about the night he says he was at­tacked by two masked men.

The rea­sons are not ex­plained in the in­dict­ment, but le­gal ex­perts say pros­e­cu­tors sought in­dict­ments on in­di­vid­ual de­tails Smol­lett pro­vided po­lice af­ter he re­ported be­ing the vic­tim of a racially charged and ho­mo­pho­bic at­tack. For­mer state ap­pel­late judge David Erick­son says pros­e­cu­tors might be try­ing to pro­tect their case in the event a jury or judge doesn’t be­lieve all of the al­le­ga­tions.

Prom­i­nent Chicago at­tor­ney Terry Sul­li­van says the 16 counts may be a sig­nal of just how an­gry pros­e­cu­tors and po­lice are at Smol­lett.

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