A particular prosecutor tasked with reinvestigating the case towards Jussie Smollett has discovered that the Cook County state’s legal professional’s workplace didn’t violate the legislation in its dealing with of the case however did abuse its discretion in deciding to drop fees and put out false or deceptive public statements about why they did so.
The findings, revealed in a information launch on Monday, conclude the investigation by the particular prosecutor, Dan Okay. Webb, who was appointed final yr after a decide dominated that the state’s legal professional, Kim Foxx, had not correctly dealt with the Smollett case the primary time. In February, Mr. Webb introduced grand jury had revived the felony case towards Mr. Smollett, indicting him on fees that he lied to the police in reference to an alleged hate crime assault towards him.
The second half of Mr. Webb’s investigation concerned figuring out whether or not any individual or workplace engaged in wrongdoing whereas dealing with the Smollett case. In the information launch, Mr. Webb’s workplace stated that it unearthed proof that helps “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” by the state’s legal professional’s workplace in prosecuting the preliminary case in 2019.
Mr. Webb’s workplace discovered that attorneys who work within the workplace’s felony division have been “surprised” or “shocked” by the phrases beneath which prosecutors dropped the fees towards Mr. Smollett, only a month after his arrest.
In explaining its choice to drop the fees, the particular prosecutor discovered that the state’s legal professional’s workplace “breached its obligations of honesty and transparency” by making false statements comparable to its declare that Mr. Smollett was only one of 1000’s of defendants whose case had been referred for various prosecution. The state’s legal professional’s workplace couldn’t establish any particular circumstances on which it relied in deciding to drop the case towards Mr. Smollett, the particular prosecutor stated.
The particular prosecutor’s workplace is asking a decide to permit it to launch its full abstract of its last conclusions. Ms. Foxx, whose workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, is up for re-election this fall.
A lawyer for Mr. Smollett, Mark Geragos, stated that he believed that the timing of the announcement appeared “politically motivated” towards Ms. Foxx, saying, “This is nothing more than an attempt to take down a young Black woman who doesn’t fit in with the white power structure.”
Mr. Webb’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to that allegation.