To say the Jussie Smollett situation is messy would be a major understatement. After being indicted by a grand jury of 16 counts of disorderly conduct in February, by March 26 all charges against the “Empire’ actor were dropped. Now many are taking a hard look at Chicago’s Cook County prosecutors and their reason for the dismissal of the case.
Most were stunned by the decision State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to drop all 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett. And there are calls for her not only to explain herself but to resign.
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“Meanwhile, Foxx, who had informally “recused” herself from the case due to a conflict, has faced mounting pressure to explain in more detail why the prosecution of Smollett was so quickly abandoned. In an op-ed in the Tribune, she backed off her office’s initial stance that the case was strong, writing that they were uncertain of a conviction, but she offered no specifics,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police protested outside Foxx’s office and called on her to resign. A suburban police chief association issued a “no confidence” letter aimed at Foxx. And Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said Foxx owed Chicago a more “fulsome” explanation. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the dismissal a “whitewash of justice.”
So far Foxx has only said: “For a variety of reasons, including public statements made about the evidence in this case, my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain.”