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Jussie Smollett Case in Jurors' Hands At Chicago Trial

In this courtroom sketch, Special prosecutor Dan Webb, left, cross examines actor Jussie Smollett as Cook County Judge James Linn and members of Webb's team listen Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Cheryl Cook)
In this courtroom sketch, Special prosecutor Dan Webb, left, cross examines actor Jussie Smollett as Cook County Judge James Linn and members of Webb's team listen Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Cheryl Cook)
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Chicago (AP) -- A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday there is “overwhelming evidence” that Jussie Smollett lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist hate crime, while a defense attorney called the case a “house of cards” built on testimony from two liars.

The lawyers' closing arguments capped just over one week of testimony in the case against the former “Empire” actor. The jury deliberated for about two hours Wednesday but broke for the day without reaching a verdict. They are expected to resume deliberations Thursday.