April 8, 2019

USA: City of Chicago Suing Jussie Smollett After He Refused To Reimburse City For The Cost Of Police OT Spent Investigating His False Police Report. Kim Foxx Accuses White Nationalist For Criticism.

Herald Sun, Australia
written by Rita Panahi
Thursday March 28, 2019

Something is rotten in the once-great city of Chicago. The Windy City, the third biggest metropolis in the United States, is a cesspit of violence, gun crime and, perhaps, high-level corruption.

Jussie Smollett’s elaborate hate crime hoax has not only seen his own reputation trashed but the Illinois justice system smeared thanks to the questionable conduct of the state attorney’s office which has inexplicably dropped all charges against the actor.

How can a rich, well-connected TV star facing 16 felony counts, each carrying a possible three-year jail term and $25,000 fine, walk away with all charges dropped in exchange for 16 hours’ community service and a $10,000 penalty?

What’s more, the case has been sealed, meaning the public may never know the extent of Smollett’s criminality and the evidence gathered by the police.

In addition, a court order has reportedly been issued barring police from discussing case details.

The police have a file on Smollett 20cm thick, according to the police’s Chief Communications Officer, Anthony Guglielmi.

To call this a miscarriage of justice is simply insufficient.

How can a man guilty of a carefully planned crime designed to boost his star power while sowing racial discord get off practically scot-free?

The hoax received saturation media coverage before it was debunked.

The police union and chief are irate, the mayor is ropeable and even the Left-leaning segments of the media are asking pertinent questions about transparency, culpability and corruption.

For those not up to speed with the Smollett case, it involves a black, gay star of TV program Empire who has long been a fierce critic of President Donald Trump.

Smollett claimed he had been the victim of a vicious hate crime carried out by two white thugs — wearing MAGA hats — who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, assaulted him, wrapped a noose around his neck and drenched him in bleach.

Naturally, the Trump-hating media jumped on the story without asking any questions about the improbability of Smollett’s claims. The cops and most people with IQs above room temperature were suspicious from the start, given the story was implausible with holes you could drive a Mack truck through.

Smollett was charged when two Nigerian brothers, who were known to him, admitted their involvement in the hoax.

The 16-count felony indictment came after police meticulously took apart the fantastical tale, starting with Smollett’s phone records and bank accounts.

Understandably, the police chief isn’t happy about the outcome.

“At the end of the day, it was Smollett who committed this hoax,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Last month, Johnson explained how damaging Smollett’s behaviour had been for the community: “I’m left hanging my head and asking, ‘Why?’ Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol … how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim? Bogus police reports cause real harm.”

The police union also slammed prosecutors for dropping the case and called for a federal inquiry into the role of the state’s prosecutor, Kimberly Foxx, who was contacted by Tina Chen, a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, and asked to intervene in the police investigation.

“We want to make sure that the Justice Department takes a very hard look at that case and what went on today,” said Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.

CHICAGO Mayor Rahm Emanuel also wants answers. He said: “You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax. He (Smollett) is saying he’s innocent and his words aren’t true. They better get their stories straight because this is actually making a fool of all of us.

“This is a whitewash of justice … where is the accountability? You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

It’s another sad day for Chicago, a city of 2.7 million which had more homicides in 2018 than New York City (8.6 million) and Los Angeles (4 million) combined.

The Chicago Tribune editorial board summed it up nicely: “It’s an indefensible decision, a deal hashed out in secret, with — this is outrageous — Smollett not even required to take ownership of his apparent hoax. Not even required to apologise for allegedly exploiting hate crime laws. And not even required to reimburse Chicago taxpayers for the enormous cost of this investigation.”

CBS reporting: "State prosecutor Joe Magats is the person who made the decision to drop the charges. He believes Smollett made up the allegations but says the non-violent case qualifies for community service and a financial penalty which he believes is common practice."

CBS Interviewer: So you believe he's guilty?

First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joe Magats: Yes.

CBS Interviewer: So why drop the charges?

First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joe Magats: Our priority is violent crimes and the drivers of violence. Jussie Smollett is neither one of those.

CBS Interviewer: And is community service and $10,000 enough to wipe this clean?

First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joe Magats: I feel that it is.

Double jeopardy doesn't apply to Jussie Smollett's case because it was never officially tried in a court of law. So, Jussie Smollett's case can be reopened and tried with a jury of his peers AGAIN.
Kim Foxx said in this interview above, "A court has not found Jussie Smollett guilty. But BASED ON THE FACTS and EVIDENCE presented in the charging decision made by this office, this office believed that THEY COULD PROVE HIM GUILTY. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

ABC Interviewer: Do you think that he is culpable of falsifying a police report?

Kim Foxx: I think this office based on those charging decisions believed that he is culpable of doing that. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

State Attorney Kim Foxx did publicly state that she recused herself because of biased conflict of interest. She says she did in this ABC interview in video above. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐ŸŒŸ

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