Special prosecutor appointed to Jussie Smollett Case

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Special prosecutor appointed to Jussie Smollett Case
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Special prosecutor appointed to Jussie Smollett Case
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During a hearing this week in a Chicago criminal courtroom, Judge Michael Toomin appointed former US Attorney Dan Webb to investigate the Jussie Smollett case. Webb will decide whether new charges should brought against Smollett. Webb will also be tasked with potentially charging others for allegedly mishandling the case.

In January, Smollett claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime carried out by Trump supporters. Chicago police ultimately determined that the actor had conspired with two acquaintances to fabricate the attack. Shortly after, Smollett was arrested on 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct.

In a bizarre turn of events, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all of the charges against the actor. The decision angered millions of Americans, many of whom were already skeptical of some of the details of the alleged attack. Adding to the outrage, Foxx had already recused herself from the case after exchanging text messages with a member of the Smollett family and promising to help them.

Foxx manages the second largest prosecutors office in the country, overseeing around 1,500 employees. That didn’t stop Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson from publicly bashing her decision. The Chicago Police Union advocated for an investigation into her decision and Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police called for her resignation.

Former state appellate judge Sheila O’Brien shared their outrage, formally seeking a special prosecutor to review the case. In a decision that surprised many, Judge Toomin agreed with O’Brien’s view that Foxx had mishandled the case. Webb will now be tasked with reviewing the evidence. The former US Attorney once successfully prosecuted 76 judges, police officers, court clerks, and lawyers amid a single investigation.

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