Judge says eventual Smollett trial should avoid ‘collateral’ matters as preparations accelerate

CHICAGO — In an unexpectedly busy pretrial hearing Wednesday, attorneys in the Jussie Smollett case sparred over potential evidence ranging from an ex-police superintendent’s scandals to the guns found in the apartment of two key witnesses — all before having filed any formal requests to admit or exclude that evidence. The speed came at the behest of Judge James Linn, who took attorneys through some 25 disputed pieces of possible evidence before ultimately making very few final decisions about what could be allowed at trial. The unusual procedure was a way to give everyone “some guidance on wh…

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HEDGE accordingly