Chicago prisoner films his own talk show behind bars

Jimmie Smith (Photo Source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)
Jimmie Smith (Photo source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Apparently, a prisoner at the infamous Cook County Jail in Chicago had aspirations of talk show fame. The Cook County Sheriff’s office reports that Jimmie Smith, 41, was discovered to have a contraband laptop inside the jail. Smith has been at the jail for seven years awaiting disposition on charges that include attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of contraband in a penal institution. He was allowed to use the laptop to prepare for his legal defense but somehow he was able to get it into his cell. Instead of creating a legal defense, he decided he was going to film his own talk show called, “My Back’s Against the Wall.”

Jimmie Smith inmate films talk show from Cook County Jail. Prison life eating noodles (Photo Source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)
Inmate Jimmie Smith films talk show from Cook County Jail. Prison life eating noodles (Photo source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

Jail officials discovered he had the laptop and earlier this month and attempted to seize the contraband item. In a video released by the Sheriff’s Office, Smith is seen trying to destroy the laptop when a female corrections officer enters his cell.


Jimmie Smith caught on video assaulting officer over stolen laptop (Photo Source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)
Jimmie Smith caught on video assaulting an officer over stolen laptop (Photo source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

He delivers a vicious right hook to the guard’s face that sends her reeling. Other guards then immediately rush into the cell and subdue Smith. When the laptop was examined, jail officials found video and pictures of Smith throughout the prison facility. There were also numerous sexually explicit pictures of Smith posing in various areas of the jail. Smith now faces additional charges of assault on a corrections officer and possession of contraband. Since his incarceration, Smith has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of contraband in a penal institution, these charges come from a 2014 incident where he attacked his public defender. In 2015, he met with undercover officer and tried to have the judge and prosecutor in his case murdered. Smith was then charged with solicitation of murder by jail officials. He will next appear in court on Dec. 21, 2016.

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