Desperate Times? Smollett Attorney Asks for Mistrial, Accuses Judge of 'Lunging at Her'

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When you know you’re arguing a losing case in a trial, sometimes attorneys will throw a Hail Mary and hope something sticks. However, the argument used in the trial of actor Jussie Smollett is ridiculous and should be scrutinized for its level of desperation.

Smollett attorney Tamara Walker asked Judge James Linn for a mistrial in the race hoax case against her client because of some comment the judge made, which allegedly made Walker cry while she claimed that the judge “physically” lunged at her, according to CBS 2 - Chicago.

The outlet reported:

Judge Linn denied the accusations, and also denied the motion for a mistrial. But it all amounted to some chaotic moments in the courtroom.

“I’m stunned that you would consider a mistrial,” the judge said.

CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller said he has never heard an attorney make such allegations against a judge.

“Never seen it happen,” Miller said. “This is a first even for me – I’ve been doing this a long time. But I’ve never seen an attorney accuse a judge of doing anything such as this attorney announced in court that occurred in Judge Linn.”

I think everybody is probably “stunned” that Walker would resort to such tactics. But, those tactics aren’t so surprising when you take into account that Walker is a disciple of the late Johnnie Cochran, the attorney who used the now infamous “If the glove don’t fit…” defense while representing former football player O.J. Simpson in his murder trial.

Maybe this was Walker’s “glove” moment. Unfortunately for her, it fell flat and went nowhere.

CBS 2 - Chicago also reported that the case should go to the jury early next week.

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