A CHANGING OF THE GUARD DALLAS COUNTY SWEARS IN A NEW SHERIFF AND THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PROBATE JUDGE IN IT’S 200 YEARS
Outgoing Probate Judge Kim Ballad,L swore in Sheriff Mike Granthum, R on Friday January 11, 2019
Former Probate Judge Johnny Jones passes the Gavel to incoming Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn the first African American Probate Judge of Dallas County
ALL THREE CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES SWEAR-IN PROBATE JUDGE JIMMY NUNN
L to R, Circuit Judge Donald McMillan, Circuit Judge Collins Pettaway, Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, Mrs. Phenicia Nunn, Presiding Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins Saturday January 12, 2019 at Wallace Community College Selma Gymnasium.
Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie.
Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped him stage a racist, anti-gay attack on himself, including telling them specific slurs to yell, urging them to shout "MAGA country" and even pointing out a surveillance camera that he thought would record the beating.
"I believe Mr. Smollett wanted it on camera," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters. "But unfortunately that particular camera wasn't pointed in that direction."
Police said Smollett planned the hoax because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Before the attack, he also sent a letter that threatened him to the Chicago studio where "Empire" is shot, police said.
Smollett, who is black and gay, turned himself in on charges that he filed a false police report last month when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two masked men who hurled derogatory remarks and looped a rope around his neck.
The actor "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," police, Johnson said.
"This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn't earn and certainly didn't deserve," Johnson added.
The attack reverberated well beyond Chicago and swiftly took on political overtones, with liberals calling