CHICAGO (CBS) — Prosecutors want Smollett’s new lawyer kicked off the case because of a possible conflict of interest.
The special prosecutors in the case said Smollett’s new attorney, Nenye Uche, spoke with two key witnesses before taking on Smollett as a client. Those witnesses are brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who claim Smollett hired them to stage a fake attack on the actor.READ MORE: Police Shoot, Kill Man They Say Was Wielding Knife In Englewood
The judge has called for another hearing on the matter next week.Police Warn Of Thieves Posing As Buyers Of Items On Facebook Marketplace In South Chicago
A new indictment filed against Smollett in February 2020 charged him with six counts of disorderly conduct, accuses him of filing false police reports that he was attacked on the way home from Subway in the middle of the night in Streeterville in January 2019.
Cook County prosecutors dropped the original case against Smollett, dismissing 16 counts of disorderly conduct against him last March, without requiring he admit any wrongdoing, in a controversial move just weeks after he’d pleaded not guilty.
A special prosecutor later was assigned to look into the entire case, after a judge found “unprecedented irregularities” in how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case, specifically by handing it over to her second-in-command after announcing she had recused herself.MORE NEWS: At Least 9 People Killed, 41 Wounded So Far In Chicago Weekend Gun Violence; 3-Year-Old Boy Among Survivors