Why dropping the charges sentenced Jussie Smollett to a lifetime of doubt

Oscar Cross
March 28, 2019

"Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified on his behalf that all charges against him have been dismissed", the statement read.

The frequent Fox News guest cited Chicago Sun-Times, which reported Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney who formerly worked for Obama, had previously asked Cook County lead prosecutor Kim Foxx to coerce the Chicago Police Department into turning the investigation over to federal authorities. But it has emerged that Smollett spent just two days at Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

She told CBS Chicago that the Smollett case was treated like "thousands of others with the same level of offense, and the same criminal background".

"I think the state's attorney's office and Chicago police and the mayor have a shared view".

A couple of hours later, the saga notched a remarkable denouement when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Eddie Johnson rained hellfire upon the decision to let the actor get off "scot-free". And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will be forever grateful.

The Chicago Police Department has released 61 pages of investigative case files related to the Jussie Smollett incident, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from CWB Chicago. "But in this case what just seems unusual to me is that you have the police department feeling like they were blindsided by it".

Jussie Smollett's attorney says two brothers who claim they worked with the "Empire" actor to stage a racist, anti-gay attack against him are lying.

He added that he would be "shocked" if all the records relating to the case were not eventually released to the public.

But with this twist ending, Jussie Smollett now faces a life sentence of doubt. "But in the end, this was the justice position in the case", he said.

Despite this, however, Foxx's office continued to handle the case, even though a state law says that in the case of a recusal, a special prosecutor must be appointed by the court.

But, she added, Smollett was charged with Class 4 felonies, the lowest class of felony crime in IL.

The case was eventually handed off to First Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats. Foxx later recused herself from the investigation. The spokesperson explained the February announcement of a recusal by saying, "it was a colloquial use of the term rather than in its legal sense". The office spokesperson said that Magats did not tell Foxx in advance about the decision to drop Smollett's case. He said his attackers doused him with an unknown chemical substance, place a thin rope around his neck, and shouted "This is MAGA country!" before fleeing.

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