With bated breath, we await the decision from a judge as to whether Jussie Smollett will have his court records unsealed and available to the public.
The Empire actor– whom some have blamed for the cancellation of the show— is in the center of a false police report case.
For a recap of the case, you can check here
Following the dropped charges against Jussie Smollett and the sealing of his court files, media houses have taken legal action to try and have the documents unsealed claiming that the enactment which allowed for the sealing of court records of offenders who were deemed not guilty or acquitted, did so for the benefit of defendants who might want to get jobs and have their opportunities impeded by court cases in which they weren’t even convicted for.
The argument of Natalie Spears who represents the media houses is that Jussie Smollett’s situation is one in which his court appearances and legal drama cannot be hidden and therefore the law would make no difference in this situation.
“We can’t erase history. We cannot erase the record of Mr. Smollett’s arrest,” Spears said. “This case impacts more than Mr. Smollett. This is about democracy. This is about how our government functions. This is about transparency.”
On the other side, Brian Watson, representing Jussie Smollett, argued that his client is entitled to the same kind of protection as other defendants in this case.
“Think of somebody who, in a high-profile case is found not guilty. That defendant who is now not guilty says they want their record sealed, ‘I want my rights back,’” Watson said. “You may be innocent but you don’t get your rights back, because (the media) covered it from here to Helsinki.”
If the documents are unsealed, there can be a better investigation as to why the charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and in turn it would lead to a greater understanding of the case.