Double-jeopardy claim for Jussie Smollett could hark back to landmark case against mob hit man

Posted on AllSides February 13th, 2020
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At first blush, the criminal cases against Jussie Smollett and Harry “The Hook” Aleman would seem to have little in common.

One involves a minor celebrity who gained international notoriety for allegedly staging a hoax hate crime on himself. The other was a shadowy Outfit enforcer who twice stood trial for the 1972 gangland slaying of a union steward.

But even though Aleman’s decidedly more serious case unfolded decades — and worlds — apart from Smollett’s, it now provides an intriguing look at the legal pathway prosecutors might use to...

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