Smollett’s Lawyers Request His Release
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Jussie Smollett’s attorneys are asking a state appellate court to release the actor from jail while he attempts to overturn his conviction for staging a hate crime in Chicago.  Smollett began serving a five-month stint in Cook County Jail last Thursday.  His lawyers say he is being held in a “psych ward,” and that “paperwork” on his cell door indicates he is at risk of self harm.  He is eligible for good behavior credit that would cut his stay in half.