FBI Could Investigate Potential Corruption In Jussie Smollett Case Dismissal

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Written by Ann Brown
FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, defended the decision by her staff to drop charges that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist, anti-gay attack in January. Foxx recused herself before Smollett was charged last month because she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

The controversy surrounding the dismissal of the charges against Jussie Smollett continue to grow as do the calls for Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx  to resign. She has refused and now there may be an FBI review.

Foxx’s critics continue to mount, especially since state prosecutors still claim they had enough evidence to move forward with against the “Empire” actor over his report of a racist, anti-gay attack. In fact, the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association issued a scathing critique of Foxx and her office.

The association released a statement that said Foxx and her representatives “have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal.” It added that the approach “was abnormal and unfamiliar” to those in criminal law in Illinois.

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Of course, President Trump weighed in, calling for the FBI to get involved. But the FBI was already investigating Smollett before Trump’s tweet that justice had not been done.

“Some former federal prosecutors say there are enough anomalies to justify a Justice Department review of why prosecutors dismissed all 16 felonies. Among the red flags they cited: the unusual level of secrecy around the proceedings, including sealed court documents; prosecutors’ often muddled and contradictory explanations; and the absence of any requirement that the accused accept responsibility in exchange for dropping charges,” Billboard reported.

Phil Turner, an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, says the fast dismissal and sealing of the court documents is questionable.  “It makes it look like they were clearly trying to pull a fast one,” he said. “It all smells funny.”


About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.