Jussie Smollett charges dropped

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Are we not supposed to be rioting in the streets by now? Burning and looting local mom and pop shops, beating random people to a pulp, chanting something stupid that begins with, "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho", making signs and screaming in disbelief at whatever camera we can find?

I thought this was considered standard protocol at this point......
 

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.......Says the guy who just used his connections and privilege to totally skip out on a grand jury indictment. Meanwhile poor people are doing real time for a dime bag of weed.

https://twitter.com/Variety/status/1110578705804476419
 
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I'm just like "whatever" on the charges being dropped. Doesn't effect my life either way. But..the thing that gets me is that his charges can be dropped and then he stands in front of the cameras still denying he had any part in it. Then his family puts out a statement saying that he's been vindicated and they look forward to pursuing the real perpetrators. So now to the common twitter idiot, it sounds like this was a legit hate crime afterall and the perpetrators are still running lose. When in fact, his lawyer stood in front of the cameras and said the Nigerian brothers were the attackers.
Word on the street is they are bringing in OJ due to his experience in looking for the real perps
 

Donnyboy

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Someone needs to ask him if his story were true why doesn't he sue the city of Chicago for the substantial damages this has caused him and donate the money to a group that supports victims of hate crimes......
 

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Without knowing any more than the charges had been dropped while riding a ski lift, I told my wife the prosecutor was a black female. What am I guilty of?


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Being partially right. If you would have added that she had also recused herself from the case you would have been entirely right. How does a recused prosecutor drop charges?

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/chicago-prosecutor-recuses-herself-from-jussie-smollett-case
 
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Without knowing any more than the charges had been dropped while riding a ski lift, I told my wife the prosecutor was a black female. What am I guilty of?


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Being partially right. If you would have added that she had also recused herself from the case you would have been entirely right. How does a recused prosecutor drop charges?

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/chicago-prosecutor-recuses-herself-from-jussie-smollett-case
Foxx heads up the State’s Attorneys office for Cook County. The State’s Attorneys office for Cook County made the deal to drop the charges. Recused? Give me a break.


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Shenanigans... from the Chicago Sun-Times:

03/13/2019, 08:49pm
Records: Former Michelle Obama aide, Smollett relative reached out to Kim Foxx

By Andy Grimm@agrimm34 | email

Just days after Jussie Smollett told Chicago police he had fought off a pair of attackers who targeted him in an apparent hate crime, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx tried to persuade Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI.

Foxx’s call to Johnson came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Chicago Sun-Times in response to a public records request.

Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor, and the ensuing conversations with the family member were cited by Foxx last month as the reason she recused herself from Smollett’s prosecution as the actor faces disorderly conduct charges for allegedly making a false police report.

Text messages show Tchen contacted Foxx on Feb. 1, three days after Smollett said he was jumped by two men as he walked home from a sandwich shop near his Streeterville home. Tchen texted Foxx to set up an early morning phone call.

“I wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen wrote in a text sent before 5 a.m., seeking to set up a call with Foxx before Tchen left on an 8 a.m. flight to New York.

A few hours later, Foxx received a text from a relative of Smollett, who said she’d received the number from Tchen.

In an interview with the Sun-Times this week, Foxx said that the family member expressed concerns about leaked information about the investigation — information that media outlets attributed to “police sources.”

“They had no doubt about the quality of the investigation, but believed that the FBI would have a tighter lid on the information,” said Foxx, adding that Johnson initially seemed receptive to the idea of turning the case over to the FBI.

Actor Jussie Smollett walks into the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Jussie Smollett walks into the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Foxx said she has made similar calls to Johnson in cases involving lower-profile victims.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the FBI was involved from the start of the investigation, as is the case in most possible hate crime investigations, but there was never a discussion of the CPD giving up the case to federal investigators. The department confirmed last week that there is an ongoing internal investigation of the unnamed sources who gave the press information.

The conversations with Smollett’s relative took place during the period of the investigation when Smollett was considered the victim of a hate crime, not a suspect in a hoax, Foxx said.

Her decision to recuse herself was based on the conversations with the family member, which included information about Smollett.

An email included with the records requested by the Sun-Times shows Foxx’s chief ethics officer sent a message to top staff announcing Foxx had recused herself from the case on Feb. 13 — about a week before Smollett was charged, and the same date as her last text message and calls with Smollett’s relative.

Foxx spokesman Robert Foley announced that the top prosecutor had recused herself and turned the case over to her top deputy, Joseph Magats, on Feb. 19, without explaining why.

The next day, Foley elaborated in a statement to reporters that Foxx “had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns, and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department who were investigating the incident.”

The text messages show Foxx told both Tchen and Smollett’s relative that Foxx had reached out to Johnson personally about handing the investigation off to the FBI.

“Spoke to the superintendent earlier. He is going to make the ask. Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted,” Foxx wrote the relative that evening.

“OMG this would be a huge victory,” the relative texted in reply.

In an email message to Tchen sent the same day, Foxx wrote: “Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get to me shortly.”

Tchen did not respond to requests for comment from the Sun-Times.

Defense lawyer and Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Richard Kling said that it would not be unusual for prosecutors to reach to police during an investigation, though it is likely rare that a victim would get the state’s attorney’s personal phone number. Foxx’s decision to recuse, once it became clear that Smollett was likely to be facing charges, was appropriate, Kling said.

“I don’t think it is odd or rare for prosecutors to talk to police, or for (Foxx) herself to ask what is going on in a particular case,” Kling said. “And, once she realized she had talked to a family member who may have given her information about a pending case, recusing herself was exactly the right thing to do.”
 

Deere Poke

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Foxx heads up the State’s Attorneys office for Cook County. The State’s Attorneys office for Cook County made the deal to drop the charges. Recused? Give me a break.


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Isn't this the same Attorney's office that decided not to prosecute a bunch of kids that live streamed themselves torturing a disabled kid in a MAGA hat. Quality law enforcement in Chicago Land I'm telling you.
 

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