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Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Jussie Smollett

The FBI is still investigating, however.

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There has been another twist in the Jussie Smollett saga: Prosecutors dropped all charges against the Empire actor who had been accused of orchestrating a hoax hate crime against himself.

State attorney Kim Foxx made the unexpected announcement Tuesday: "After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case."

Note that this outcome is not the result of a plea deal—prosecutors simply decided they did not want to go ahead with the case, which is now sealed.

"Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him," said an attorney for Smollett at a press conference. "Jussie was attacked by 2 people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public, causing an inappropriate rush to judgment."

Smollett initially told police that two men had attacked him on the streets of Chicago in the middle of the night, and that they had yelled "MAGA country." Since Smollett is black and gay, the assault was considered a possible hate crime.

But the police quickly came to view Smollett as a suspect, and believed that he had paid two brothers—one of whom had been an extra on the show—to stage the attack. The brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo of Nigeria, were athletic trainers who had worked with Smollett, and they eventually admitted to authorities that they were involved. Police arrested Smollett, and a grand jury indicted him on 16 charges of making false statements.

Less than a month later, Smollett is a free man. It's impossible to say for sure what exactly went wrong, but prosecutors clearly decided that the evidence they had was not as rock solid as Chicago PD had implied in their repeated statements to the press. It's also possible the police really screwed up somewhere. Indeed, the cops' contention that a check paid by Smollett to the Osundairo brothers was intended to cover the hoax was bound to become a sticking point, as it had become plausible that the money actually was for training costs. The brothers were questioned extensively, and suspects do occasionally slip up and make incriminating but false statements under such conditions.

Still, there's no alternative theory of the case, and it's fairly obvious the brothers were indeed involved—they were caught on camera near the scene of the crime. But the prosecutors decided, for whatever reason, that proving Smollett's involvement was not worth their time. Foxx had exchanged text messages with supporters of Smollett, and had recused herself from the case two weeks ago. Police are evidently furious with her.

Smollett agreed to forfeit his bond, and perform community service, though again, not as part of a plea deal.

Smollett isn't in the clear yet, however. The FBI is still investigating a threatening letter he received in the mail a week before the alleged attack. If forensics teams find evidence Smollett sent the letter to himself, he would face very serious federal charges.

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240 responses to “Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Jussie Smollett

  1. I spotted Smollett and Trump linking arms and doing the Monkees walk down the street.

    1. And his hair was perfect!

      1. I’d like to be his tailor.

        1. NNNIT!

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    2. You were spotted doing lots of drugs.

  2. Complete and total EXONERATION!

    Bad bad for the right-wing racists.

    1. And yet there are two MAGA hat wearing white racists roaming around MAGA Country laughing because they got to attack Jussie with hate crimes and get away with it.

      How can you not want justice served for Jussie and those two MAGA hat wearing white racists caught and brought to justice ?

      1. everyone still agrees it was the Nigerians that were the ones who beat him up though. I guess he confused their identity due to the snow and cold.

        1. But forgot about that check he wrote them

          1. well it’s hard to keep up given his busy schedule.

    2. Complete and total EXONERATION!

      The right-wing conspiracy, executed at the hands of CPD, fails to bring down a war monger and unpredictable political maverick like Jussie Smollette!

      1. Complete and total EXONERATION!
        Yeah on the hoax thing. But were the prosecutors able to reach a conclusion on the obstruction charges? I demand that all evidence and supporting documents be made public immediately.

    3. Exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service.

      1. They might – innocent people have actually been known to plead guilty.

        1. No Eddy exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service. It literally means they aren’t exonerated.

        2. Exoneration- the action of officially absolving someone from blame; vindication

          He wasn’t officially absolved of anything. He had the charges dropped for lack of evidence.

          Now fuck off with your stupid Zeb-like equivocation.

          1. Oh, lighten up, I don’t care if the government took the extra step of formally saying “we the government know this guy to be innocent.”

            Such formal declarations are for very special circumstances.

            What *action* did they take to indicate their attitude toward the defendant?

            1. Keeping his money and time.

      2. Complete and Total EXONERATION!

        1. Exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service.

          1. Exonerated men also don’t have a prosecutor expressly stating ‘this is no exoneration,’ but these days it’s all about the bluster (and the gullibility of the intended audience).

        2. “A bowl of gall bladders and failed dictators that somehow became sentient.”

          Most apt description of “The Rev”

          Of course with trolls it doesn’t matter, they just thrive on contention because it’s better than loneliness.

          1. This. The guy’s a shitstain.

    4. The left wing racists are ecstatic.

    5. “Complete and total EXONERATION!”
      Didn’t take long for the asshole to come up with a false equivalence, did it?

      “Bad bad for the right-wing racists.”
      Assholes seem to have a lot of bad days, asshole.

    6. Complete and total EXONERATION!

      I admit, that’s funny. And in reality, since the fever has broken for the TDS sufferers, everything before the Mueller Report can be forgotten.

    7. Hey Artie, more serious federal charges still pending against him.

      1. And his authoritarian heart grew two sizes that day. You rightwingers can resume your love of most all things police state now that the witch hunt is over.

        1. You’re aware that this is a plea deal based on the forfeited bail and other conditions right? Ignorant as usual Chandler.

          1. Plea deals involve the criminal pleading (note the word in the expression) guilty of something.
            This came out as him having a clean record, and him proclaiming afterwards that he was innocent – and just for good measure, the records sealed.
            Blood is thicker than justice.

      2. The investigations of Trump’s campaign, taxes, foundation, inauguration, emoluments, and administration are still on deck, but that doesn’t interfere with “Complete and Total EXONERATION.”

        Carry on, clingers.

        1. Exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service.

    8. “Complete and total EXONERATION!”

      After making a $10,000 ‘donation’ to the city of Chicago

      1. Sometimes such exoneration involves a donation.

        Other times it involves a lengthy, sycophantic memorandum, followed by a government job.

        Carry on, clingers.

        1. Exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service.

          1. Exonerated men also don’t have prosecutors write ‘this is not an exoneration,’ you bigoted right-wing malcontent.

            1. Do you even have any idea of what you are talking about?
              Or do you just want to continue to mis-use the word bigot, over and over.
              Look it up in a dictionary and then look in the mirror – you will see an example.

    9. Did you catch the part where the only person claiming exhineration was his lawyer? And that the official statement by the SA office implied (I know, not the same as proved) that Smollet was guilty but that the community service and surrendering of bail where just resolutions to the case and where similar forms of attrition that Smollett would have faced had he been convicted?

      That’s a fucking ocean away from EXONERATED!!!!

      But I dont expect much more from you than that anyhow…

      1. You asked if he could read. The answer is no.

      2. What did you think of President Trump’s claim of total EXONERATION based on a partisan summary of an undisclosed report that apparently expressly disclaims exoneration, you bigoted, half-educated, disaffected yahoo?

        1. Unable to keep track of what is being discussed, the intellectually-inferior primate resorts what-aboutisms, insults and poo-throwing.

        2. “What did you think of President Trump’s claim of total EXONERATION based on a partisan summary of an undisclosed report that apparently expressly disclaims exoneration…”

          I thought that it indicated that there was disagreement among Muller’s team about whether or not stuff like Trump allegedly telling Comey to lay off Flynn was obstruction. Since they couldn’t agree about the underlying law, and couldn’t prove exactly what he said to Comey in any case, they decided that it would create an RCF if they claimed that Trump obstructed justice. Apparently Barr and Rosenstein take the view that what Trump is accused of saying isn’t obstruction, so they said that Muller didn’t identify anything that meets the elements of obstruction. So Trump correctly said that he was exonerated.

          That’s not what you thought?

          1. Right-wingers are welcome to swallow Barr’s partisan description of what has occurred. Educated, accomplished, modern, reasoning people will wait for direct review of the information involving people who do not call the subject of the investigation ‘boss.’

            1. Meh. Unless there’s a lot of unknown info, you got nothing. You’re not going to impeach a president over telling a subordinate to go easy on somebody, without an underlying crime.

          2. That’s not what you thought?

            Your first mistake was assuming that Arty “thought” anything.

    10. Except for the still on going FBI investigation which is now guaranteed to nail his ass. Speaking of asses getting nailed Jussie better lube up.

      1. Why do you believe it to be guaranteed, Samantha? The FBI nailed neither Hillary Clinton nor the Trump family.

        1. Exonerated men don’t forfeit their bond and agree to perform community service.

        2. They’ll be leery of making a fake investigation, like the did with HiLIARy, especially since they are under attack for colluding with the other “intelligence” services to attempt a coup.
          We just might see an honest examination of this crime and maybe look into the corruption of the State’s Attorney’s racist actions.

    11. So artie… since you think these are the same case… barr should lock the report under court seal and not release it? That’s what this D.A. and Judge did. Why would a seal be necessary to this case?

      1. Barr should do as his partisan instincts and aspirations indicate. Congressional Democrats should engage in vigorous, remorseless oversight.

        1. You’re not even a real human being, Reviled Arthur. It’s obvious. You’re a fucked up robot with decaying positrons.

          1. “A bowl of gall bladders and failed dictators that somehow became sentient.”

        2. I wish I knew how to think for myself.

          1. Get an education. Ditch the superstition and backwardness. That would be a good start, at least.

    12. No, Reviled Arthur. Bad, bad for the culture of this nation.

      1. The culture of this nation has been settled, in the favor of liberal-libertarian mainstreamers, in the culture war.

        The wingnuts lost. Deservedly so. Some seem too dumb to recognize it, though.

        1. You’d better beware of when those “wingnuts” have had enough of “their betters” trying to tell them how to live.
          It ain’t gonna be pretty for you commies.

    13. The prosecutors literally said “this does not mean we exonerated him.”

    14. “Complete and total EXONERATION!”

      Fair enough. So, on a serious note, why the fuck are they keeping his money and making him do community service? What kind of bullshit is that?

    15. The prosecutor’s office was very clear through Acting State’s Attorney Joe Magats that this was NOT exoneration of Smollett but a decision by Chicago prosecutor’s office to to prosecute..

      “But the prosecutors decided, for whatever reason, that proving Smollett’s involvement was not worth their time.”

      I read the Smollett investigation cost Chicago at least $150,000. His forfeiture of his $10,000 bond leaves $140,000 wasted.

      Tina Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, contacted Chicago State’s Attorney Kim Foxx 1 Feb 2019 on behalf of Smollett. That lead Kim Foxx to recuse herself from the prosecution and suggest to CPD Superintendent Johnson the incident case be handed over to the FBI who, as I understand, were investigating the letter as a hate crime.

      1 Feb 2019 the letter and incident were apparently not considered hoaxes.

      Now if the investigation of the incident (now presumed to be a hoax by Smollett) were being handled by the FBI with the investigation of the letter (now presumed to be a hoax by Smollett) things could get interesting. It is possible Chicago prosecutor’s office did not pursue the case because it has gone federal and Chicago did not need to waste more money.

      This could be bad bad for the left-wing.

  3. State attorney Kim Foxx made the unexpected announcement Tuesday: “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

    So this was not dropping of charges because there was no crime. This was a plea bargain.

    Fucking liars in the media initially made this out to be some kind of blunder in charging him. The corrupt government in Chicago had their gears oiled.

    Multiple felonies was over charging but this guy tried to cause some kind of race/political conflict by conspiring to fake a hate crime. He deserves more punishment than a fine and community service done prior to this fake crime.

    1. Foxx recused herself, mind you, due to concerns about her doing favors for Smollett early in the case.

      I guess recusals aren’t permanent.

      And nobody can actually point to the community service he did in regards to this.

      1. He and other celebs met with donors to the next D.A. election campaign. Community Service!

      2. Apparently he went and stuffed some envelopes and a few other tasks for Jesse Jackson.
        I guess phone calls were made and he was given the blood clean bill of health.
        Black privilege, and all.

    2. So this was not dropping of charges because there was no crime. This was a plea bargain.

      The whole thing makes no sense. He’s agreeing to community service and forfeiting his bond, but there was no crime? What, is he just doing that stuff out of his love for Chicago?

      1. To be fair, would you want to face off against Chicago gangland politicians or take the small lose of time and money? Many do this everyday when it comes to asset forfeiture.

        1. Oh, I don’t blame him for agreeing to this, whatever it was in reality.

    3. State attorney Kim Foxx

      Damn. Just saw her picture. Ouch! My eyes!

      1. You’ll feel better after ogling Sarah Sanders, slackjaw. She is every downscale, no-count right-winger’s dream girl.

    4. Plea deal, bribe, whatever you want to call it.

    5. I think technically it’s not a plea bargain because there was no ultimate charge, but agreeing to pay to have things dropped is an agreement with the DA. What a crock. I doubt the FBI will spend any more time on this, which is a shame.

    6. “So this was not dropping of charges because there was no crime. This was a plea bargain.”

      With no plea. The whole plea bargaining fiasco is coercive enough. Are they just admitting that they do shakedowns now?

  4. He forfeited his bind and agreed to do community service. If it smells like a plea deal and walks like a plea deal and sounds like a plea deal, it’s a plea deal.

    A plea deal by any other name is a plea deal.

    A plea deal is a plea deal is a plea deal.

    1. He forfeited his bind and agreed to do community service. If it smells like a plea deal and walks like a plea deal and sounds like a plea deal, it’s a plea deal.

      It’s a plea deal that identifies as though it were in MAGA Country, IL.

    2. No…they are dropped because they say he ALREADY DID community service.

      Except he did not.

      He isn’t being made to do it.

      1. Look closely. That doesn’t refute the claim that “he agreed to do community service”

        1. The state doesn’t mention any agreement to do anything except forfeit bond. It definitely does not say he agreed to do community service. She cites his volunteer service as a REASON she dropped the charge, not an obligation.

          1. “The state doesn’t mention any agreement to do anything except forfeit bond”

            Well, one, it’s sealed. As in, neither of us know for sure.

            And that does not jive with any of the reporting or sources I have seen. Every source and report says he agreed to perform community service.

            I would be more than happy for Robby to be a liar though.

            “She cites his volunteer service as a REASON she dropped the charge, not an obligation”

            Every report I’ve seen cites both. That he volunteered AND he agreed to perform community service. Both. As in he has a history of service AND will do some more.

            If you have a source that say otherwise please post it.

            1. I would like to know what reason is given for sealing and expunging the records so quickly.

            2. FOX32’s Rafer Weigel spoke to Smollett’s defense team and they are saying his community service was done prior for something not related to this case.

              So his lawyers are saying that he already did it. And it wasn’t for this.

              1. Due respect, other sources are reporting differently and your source is his defense team.

                So, anything else? If not I stand by my statement.

                1. I have the Chicago Tribune verifying my claim.

                  You got?

    3. So, what did he plead guilty to?
      You can’t have a plea deal without a plea.
      And you usually can’t walk right out and proclaim your innocence, as Jussie did, if you’ve just plead to something.
      This was an inside job of obstructing real justice.

  5. If forensics teams find evidence Smollett sent the letter to himself, he would face very serious federal charges.

    Honestly, there’s a little part of me that hopes it comes to that. Smollett having to go to Donald Trump to get clemency or a pardon would be absolutely hilarious.

  6. Good for Smollett. May all other defendants facing similar criminal charges in Chicago receive similar treatment.

    1. Umm hmm… You’re funny if you think his treatment had anything to do with doing the right thing.

      The State’s attorney decided that the politics of going through a trial would not be in her favor.

      Some other dude, you know, not black and gay, would be squashed.

      1. This.

      2. I should have included a “/sarc” disclaimer in that post. I forget that not everyone’s sarcasm meter has been calibrated recently.

        1. Looking at it again I should have thought it was sarc

    2. Hoax crimes should receive the same punishments as the crimes that they claimed happened. Full stop.

      1. Correy, Jesse

        1. Damn it.

          , Jesse

          1. Damn, damn, damn!

            *correct, Jesse

    3. Because it’s impossible for any women, blacks, or gays to lie or deceive.

      1. That’s the white man’s burden, you inconsequential, soon-to-be-replaced hayseed.

  7. Spooky.

  8. Smollett isn’t in the clear yet, however. The FBI is still investigating a threatening letter he received in the mail a week before the alleged attack. If forensics teams find evidence Smollett sent the letter to himself, he would face very serious federal charges.

    Ugh. Why the need to force a narrative about “hate crime hoaxes”? They are rare to the point of being virtually nonexistent. The real story is that Drumpf’s election has unleashed a terrifying wave of genuine hate against marginalized groups all across the country. I’m sure the letter is real.

    At any rate, I’m thrilled to see the charges dropped.

    #IBelieveJussie
    #NowFindTheRealAttackers

    1. I keep hearing this claim but the only violence I see is leftists using violence to silence people who make comments or advocate ideas they oppose. Riots, assaults and all the other violent acts are from the left, not the right. There is no wave of hate crime, just hate from those on the left.

    2. You’re totally right OBL. Those thousands of annual hate crime hoaxes are nonexistent.

      1. Hoaxes? The FBI produces an annual report of thousands of hate crimes perpetrated by unknown individuals at a category lower than, but distinct from, verbal assault. Literally thousands of documented cases of minorities getting the wrong change when getting out of a cab, being given sideways glances on subway platforms, and standing in line outside clubs where someone might have yelled something that was probably a slur. You call those hoaxes?

        1. Those aren’t hate crimes. Are you serious? Most human beings have suffered one or all of the examples you listed. Were people committing hate crimes on me and I failed to notice until you so kindly pointed it out?

    3. federal charges. T can pardon him.

    4. #NowFindTheRealAttackers
      If only OJ was a free man.

  9. “Foxx had exchanged text messages with supporters of Smollett, and had recused herself from the case two weeks ago. Police are evidently furious with her.”

    Why did I not hear about that? Why was that not in the news? Oh, I know.

    1. I wouldn’t want to have the Chicago PD furious with me. I’ve seen The Fugitive.

      1. The tv series and movie are loosely based on the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard of Cleveland, Ohio.

        Interesting read about him. There was no dramatic escape as in the movie. One thing is part of his conviction was from the literary “dog in the night” which Sherlock Holmes fans know. The dog did not bark according to witnesses. It remains one of those sort of unsolved things.

  10. Note that this outcome is not the result of a plea deal?prosecutors simply decided they did not want to go ahead with the case, which is now sealed.

    Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

    That’s a plea deal.

    1. And… It’s sealed. They can claim whatever they want as a result, including “not a plea deal” with no real way to verify it.

    2. Except there was zero community service. Plus they never got him to publicly refute his accusations.

    3. No plea was entered, so it’s just a deal.

    4. No, a plea deal involves this thing called pleading guilty. This business results in him having a clean record.

      1. Is that the same as Bob Kraft and the sex sting? Except he had to admit guilt, so no go.

  11. If the Feds get involved they ought to investigate the State’s Attorney for her handling of the case. She unrecused herself to let Juicy go free. And he’s still sticking to his story!

    1. The local police have already requested that the feds do that. They’re quite confident of their case, and seem to believe that the fix was in.

    2. How about the state bar association?

  12. I am not a lawyer, so maybe a reason commentor who is a lawyer can answer this.

    If a lawyer formally recuses themselves from a case, doesn’t that mean their involvement is formally over? As in, they are out of the case and no longer can participate. How does ‘un-recusal’ work?

    Not being snippy….but I am genuinely curious about that.

    1. I think in Chicago when the state’s attorney recuses herself, she is then “unrecused” when someone from let’s say the inner circle of a former president calls and says “you’re unrecused, now make Jussie whole again”

    2. Recusal means just that; you can’t be a part of the case. That means you can’t work on the case or be privy to any privildged information about the case.

      1. But as the ranking legal official in the state, she is in charge of whoever too over, and the face for the press, so…

        1. She never ACTUALLY recused herself. Cute.

  13. video of the brothers buying all the items used in teh fake crime is also not conclusive apparently.

    how did Foxx recuse herself yet still close the case this stinks he either did it or someone did do it to him.

    Rich Black gay celebrity privilege is clear here

    1. Half-White Privilege?

  14. It’s nice to have money.

    1. Better to have friends in high places.

      1. It’s the Chicago way.

  15. So now, the only real threat facing Smollett is that there might be two opportunistic white Trump supporters living in Chicago.

    1. Honestly, that doesn’t seem likely either.

    2. And federal charges relating to the terror letter he sent him self with white powder in it a few months earlier.

  16. His agent’s phone must be ringing off the hook.

    1. In his business, no publicity is bad publicity. Hell, in his business bad publicity is the BEST kind of publicity!

      1. Stephen Collins fount out that the publicity from having a tape released from a therapy session where he admits to molesitjg young girls is not good publicity.

    2. FOX is saying they’re happy all charges have been dropped.

      So, yeah, he’s getting a raise.

  17. If forensics teams find evidence Smollett sent the letter to himself, he would face very serious federal charges.

    Serious federal charges of sending a letter to himself. I’m super-cereal.

    1. It would actually be lying to the FBI, but you do you.

      1. I’m just glad that we live in a world where you can get seriously, federally charged for lying to someone in authority. I mean, just think of the victims of this crime.

        LOCK HIM UP!

        1. Well, tax payers are victims because they pay for the investigation of a hoax. Whether that’s serious or not, I’ll leave unanswered, but it’s not a victimless crime.

          1. By that definition, no crime is a victimless crime because they all use resources while they’re being investigated. You smoked some pot? Well the state is the victim because we had to pay to raid your apartment in the middle of the night!

            I’m not sure your position squares very well with the NAP.

            1. Except that this isn’t smoking pot. The victims are the people of Chicago who saw their tax money wasted on a wild goose chase thanks to this asshole. He committed a fraud upon the taxpayers of Chicago. Moreover, if you do not punish people for making false police reports, how then can you trust anyone’s word to the cops that a crime occurred. The justice system is the other victim here.

              1. I wasn’t equating what this guy did with smoking pot, simply using that as an argument against the rabbit hole of claiming the taxpayers as victims, as that threshold could apply to almost any “crime” that requires investigation.

                It’s not unreasonable to hold someone accountable for willfully leading investigators on some expensive wild goose chase. The guy paid $10k in fines to Chicago, which seems like a reasonable punishment to me. “Serious Federal charges” invokes a vision in me of something more substantial than a fine. In fact, you can get up to 5 years for lying to the FBI, 8 years if it involves terrorism. Do you think Jussie deserves 8 years in prison for this?

                1. He was ready and willing to testify against the two men they caught when he thought they weren’t the two guys he paid to do it.

                  He was MORE than happy to send innocents to jail for this.

                  1. If they can show damages, then they have a lawsuit against Smullett, and should pursue it. That would include wrongful conviction if it were to have gotten that far.

                    1. Leo, is there any act of perjury that you consider to be a crime? Any at all?

                2. I think the $10,000 fine is an appropriate punishment. What is not appropriate is him not walking away with a felony conviction. If this were a real plea deal where he got a conviction and had to admit what he did in open court, I would not have a problem with it.

                  1. This. I don’t need to see a non-violent criminal locked up. But what he did was criminal.

                3. I read the investigation of this apparent hoax cost Chicago $150,000.
                  If so, he owes $140,000.

          2. Only if those resources weren’t on the payroll already? Or are the public victims because there’s no time for those resources to be out working speeding tickets and shooting dogs?

            1. “Only if those resources weren’t on the payroll already? ”

              That’s not how this works.

            2. That $150,00 of police resources that should have been used going after violent criminals.

        2. “I’m just glad that we live in a world where you can get seriously, federally charged for lying to someone in authority. I mean, just think of the victims of this crime.

          LOCK HIM UP!”

          Oh look your stupid fucking claim changed from “federal charges of sending a letter to himself.”

          Because it was wrong and stupid.

          Should he be charged for lying to the FBI?

          I’d love to discuss that with someone not as stupid as you, but you’re a fucking moron who can’t even except being wrong without making a fool of yourself. All you get it derision.

  18. It is much more likely that someone rich and famous yet again was given special treatment and took advantage of our two tier justice system. Pathetic, but not surprising.

    1. He also had Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff pressing Foxx to help him.

  19. Completely EXONERATED…

    (except for forfeiting his bond and agreeing to community service)

  20. …prosecutors clearly decided that the evidence they had was not as rock solid as Chicago PD had implied in their repeated statements to the press.

    I would say that’s not clear at all. Chicago politics being what they are, It be just as likely something else is at play.

    1. My thoughts exactly. The logical long jump in that sentence is worthy of an Olympic gold medal.

  21. There was simply no way the Democratic machine in Chicago was going to allow another fake anti Trump scheme be exposed.

    So let’s do a plea deal, not call it a plea deal, and put it down the memory hole.

    1. It wasn’t a plea deal, someone got a phone call and all the charges were simply dropped. It’s Chicago.

  22. excited for the flood of equal rights and justice soon to come for other incarcerated Chicagoans

  23. More great news!

    Daily border crossings by undocumented migrants hit 13-year highs

    As any Reason or Cato study will prove, immigration is a good thing. It’s encouraging that immigrants are not letting the racist in the White House deter them from coming here.

    #OpenBorders
    #AbolishICE
    #NoBanNoWall

  24. As if anyone really thought Kim Foxx’s office was gonna prosecute. This is Chicago after all.

  25. I think it behooves Reason to at least mention Smollett’s lawyer is connected to the Obamas and the Emanuels…

    Someone got a phone call.

    1. “I think it behooves Reason to at least mention Smollett’s lawyer is connected to the Obamas and the Emanuels…”

      I didn’t realize you took up hard drugs.

      1. One of his lawyers is also connected to the Avenetti nike fraud case.

      2. So is Kim not Foxx, the State’s attorney.

    2. If I ever wind up in serious legal trouble, I hope I can find a cheap-ass lawyer who is so connected.

      1. I should be clear, I misspoke. Smollett’s lawyer is probably going to federal prison. This is a lawyer connected to Smollett’s family who made the phone call.

  26. Phone call.

    It is an account of how Foxx was contacted in the Smollett case by a politically connected lawyer close to Chicago’s most prominent political families, the Obamas and Emanuels.

    That lawyer, Tina Tchen, was chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, and she is a friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, Amy Rule. Tchen was apparently a go-between for someone in the Smollett family.

    There was literally an “omg” moment in the texts, because Foxx did what was asked of her:

    She lobbied Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to drop the Smollett case and push it over to the FBI.

    1. That day, Foxx texted a Smollett relative.

      “Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask,” Foxx wrote. “Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted.”

      “Omg this would be a huge victory,” the Smollett relative replied.

      “I make no guarantees, but I’m trying,” Foxx replied.

      “I understand,” the Smollett relative typed. “I appreciate the effort.”

      Omg.

      Omg, Kim Foxx, where do I go with this?

      It’s easy.

      That’s some serious white privilege right there.

  27. Let me steal your bond money and I’ll let you off the hook.

    1. It doesn’t even close to recover the cost of the investigation put into it.

  28. If you ever wanted to see what happens when a city is in bad financial shape, this it what it looks like.

    The city and county looked at the bill and said no thanks. Remember that the costs associated with the prosecution and incarceration in this matter would fall entirely on chicago and cook cook county. They both are running large budget deficits this year. Security costs would be enormous. PR costs for dealing with the press, also large. Then if they did get time for conviction, housing a celebrity in jail would represent enormous security costs for the city/county.

    Essentially they looked at all this, and made the deal to take the bond $10,000 and call it a day.

    Go read the updates from the city and county attorney’s office.

    1. And that rational makes sense. The problem is they let him get away without pleading guilty. If they had made a deal for him forfeiting his bail money and a community service, I wouldn’t have a problem with this. The concerns you raise are legtimate. But addressing them does not require letting him get off without a conviction. Convict his ass and mark him as a liar for the rest of his life. Make him admit in open court he lied. Any punishment beyond that is of marginal utility.

      1. Everyone knows he’s a liar. And now they know he’s a well-connected liar.

        1. You underestimate Hollywood’s ability to gaslight itself. Make him admit it in open court and give him a conviction so the next time he gets in trouble he is a two time loser.

        2. Woke folk think he’s been railroaded.

          1. No they don’t. They think he set the movement back 30 years. Wtf have you been smoking?

        3. It seems fair to drop the charges.

          After all, had a middle aged, straight, white conservative male claimed falsely to have been attacked by a gang of gay black rappers making Black Power closed fist salutes while screaming “Kill Whitey!” in a corn field at 2 in the morning, I’m sure the charges would have been dropped then, too, in return for a few bucks and some community service.

    2. this year.

      LOL

      1. Fair comment.

    3. No one in positions of authority in Illinois gives a rat’s ass about budget deficits. The incompetent corrupt States Attorney, a black women, instituted a Department of diversity in her office after she was elected and hired a dozen of her friends to staff it, adding well over a million dollars to the budget deficit. She dropped charges because she has connections to the Smollett family.

      1. It is clear: blood is thicker than justice.

  29. He bought is way out of a criminal charge?!

  30. Even Rahm Emmanual isn’t buying this bullshit. The most infuriating part of this is that the people most harmed by the double standard justice system we seem to have are minorities. Just because a black guy occasionally gets to benefit from the system doesn’t make the system any less injust or his case any less infuriating.

    Also, anyone who is okay with this needs to forever shut up about hate crimes. If you want to take hate crimes seriously, then you also have to take faking hate crimes seriously because everytime someone fakes one it is that much harder for real victims to be believed.

    1. Rahm – the lame duck – is just play acting for the CPD. The guy is incapable of being truthful.

      1. Rahm – the lame duck – is just play acting for the CPD.

        The fuck does Rahm care about the CPD? The guy’s a scumbag but he’s capable of speaking the truth if only incidentally:

        “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emanuel

        1. The fuck does Rahm care about the CPD?

          Oh, duh, I’m retarded.

          Rahm may or (get it) may not give a fuck about the CPD. However, Preckwinkle wants Johnson out and Lightfoot doesn’t (necessarily).

          That’s enough to push me to the conclusion that someone in Preckwinkle’s camp is in Foxx’s camp is in Smollett’s camp…

    2. If Rahm Emmanual is against this bullshit.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nsvN1JYYk4

      Then Smollet must have some political juice backing him.

      It’ll be interesting to see if the court records are accidentally released and who is behind the coverup.

    3. I’m sure Emmanuel and the Superintendent were briefed and told they were allowed to express their phony outrage.
      You have to know that the majority of the people, in the country are outraged at the light tap on the wrist this guy, who makes (made) 5 figures for each episode he was in, was handed.
      Hearing Rahm being upset at the lack of justice for the connected, when he made not a peep about HiLIARy being let off, scot free, is irony of the highest order.

  31. Apparently, the evidence against Smollett was placed with the evidence against the Chicago “Black Sox”.

    Somethings never change. Chicago justice is one of them.

  32. Intersectionality for the win! Black. Gay. Correct politics. No gulag for you!

  33. Fingers crossed that he gets charged by the FBI and Trump pardons him.

    If there is a god…

    1. Trump pardoning him and Hollywood having to eat shit over it would be too good for words.

      1. They wouldn’t eat a thing about it. All that matters is intentions. You see, Trump wouldn’t be pardoning for any kind if good reason, so therefore they would want their hero-faker in jail.

  34. Do progressives really think this is going to play well with your average American voters? Especially on the heels of the Mueller report and Avanti’s (sp?) arrest? This just stinks of how the system is tilted towards the elites, especially progressives and those favored by progressives. It is almost like they’ve decided they want another four years of Trump. It’s easier and generally more profitable to be the party out of power rather than in.

    1. People generally expect the latter to actually do something.

    2. In Chicago voter polling, the dead voters where completely on board with the decision.

  35. As I think I mentioned in an earlier thread, I’m not just going to accept the police narrative that the guy is guilty.

    However, in my naivete I don’t see why this guy should be praised for forefeiting his bond.

    Isn’t forfeiting your bond something that happens when you fail to show up in court or violate the conditions of release? Guilty or innocent, they just want you to show up and follow the conditions. If you fail in these respects, you’re *supposed* to lose your bond, you’re not doing the state a favor.

    Did he comply with his release conditions? If not, then he doesn’t deserve thanks for suffering the legal consequence of his failure.

    If he *did* comply with the conditions, then wouldn’t his bondsman be entitled to complain for not getting his money back? Or is the bondsman in on this as well?

    1. I don’t blindly buy police stories either.

      But Jussie’s tale makes LITERALLY no sense.

      Random white supremacist MAGA supporters hanging out in an area where virtually nobody would vote for Trump, hauling around bleach that would’ve frozen in the cold anyway in the HOPES of assaulting some gay, black actor? And they allowed him to keep his sub after the beating? And he wore the noose for hours afterwards?

      1. “I don’t blindly buy police stories either.”

        So just his defense team’s story.

        1. Can you explain why his defense team would say that he already did the community service in a completely unrelated case?

          In what way does that further benefit them more than him not having to plead guilty to anything does?

          1. Also ,TMZ ALSO has the letters written to justify the dropped case due to community service he already performed. So, Chicago Tribune and TMZ.

            I await your proof still.

    2. As I think I mentioned in an earlier thread, I’m not just going to accept the police narrative that the guy is guilty.

      You don’t have to. The police reports are a matter of public record and are, themselves pretty incredible and, in the process of investigating, they found two men who openly admit that Jussie paid them to do it.

      If you start out not believing the police in this story, then you start from the assumption that the crime was a hoax because the police took it seriously until they couldn’t find any suspects matching Jussie’s description but could see the two men who admit to the act/crime on the video.

      1. The CPD does have ways of getting information out of witnesses. Calling it “openly” is quite laughable though.

        Kim Foxx, the CPD, Smollett… not one credible party in this whole shitshow.

        1. Calling it “openly” is quite laughable though.

          OK, in front of a jury. Either way, sure was lucky that the CPD chose two guys who just happened to be associated with Smollett and willing to go along with their scheme to extort $10K out of Smollett by convincing him to let them beat the shit out of them. Working the knowledge about the undisclosed letter into their testimony and making them go in to buy the ski masks and gloves they wore to perpetrate the crime was just icing on the cake.

    3. Illinois is one of 4 states without commercial bail bonds. So there is no bondsman, unless you consider the government as the bondsman. In which case they got their money.

      Don’t you even Chicago, bro?

      1. I didn’t know that.

        I thought I would get called out for failing to mention bail bonds*women.*

  36. ” It’s impossible to say for sure what exactly went wrong, but prosecutors clearly decided that the evidence they had was not as rock solid as Chicago PD had implied in their repeated statements to the press. ”

    Oh, come on, there’s nothing clear about that.

    It’s quite possible that the prosecutors thought the case was rock solid, and just dropped it for political reasons. Likely, even.

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  38. “Still, there’s no alternative theory of the case, and it’s fairly obvious the brothers were indeed involved”

    Here’s an alternative theory of the case for you that justifies this result: The brothers had a personal grudge against Smollett and were trying to set him up.

    Perhaps police/prosecutors found:

    1. No evidence to support a payment from Smollett to the brothers.
    2. Evidence of a personal grudge by the brother’s against Smollett.

    1. …and the actor tried to cover for his ex-friends by saying the assailants were white MAGA dudes?

      I mean, I won’t rule anything out, I wasn’t there, after all…

    2. Here’s an alternative theory of the case for you that justifies this result: The brothers had a personal grudge against Smollett and were trying to set him up.

      1. No evidence to support a payment from Smollett to the brothers.

      Well, aside from the check and the text messages confirming details surrounding the services to be provided which the check paid for. Not to mention previous and long-standing affiliation with Jussie through the show.

      Sure, it’s entirely possible there was a grudge and the brothers decided to beat up Jussie of their own volition but then, as Eddy points out, that leaves Jussie essentially covering for the two men who beat the shit out of him.

    3. Also, your result doesn’t explain why the city kept the bond and accepted his community service as payment. If you mistakenly file a wrong report, the City/PD doesn’t get to charge you and keep your money.

      1. It’s basically a bribe to get the charges dropped.

    4. How common is it for a prosecutor’s office to drop charges after a grand jury returns a 16 count indictment?

  39. But the prosecutors decided, for whatever reason, that proving Smollett’s involvement was not worth their time.

    “If *only* we had unlimited resources!”

  40. Perpetrate an elaborate hoax/false hate crime and file a false police report, wasting law enforcement resources and inflaming racial tensions – all charges are dropped

    Get a consensual happy ending – prosecuted to the full extent of the law

  41. Lol. My God there’s not just a corrupted rot in Chicago, Illinois but an immoral rot as well.

    The Chicago Way!

    And the fucker stood there pulling a Nelson Muntz refusing to apologize and claiming to still be a victim. Dude is toxic.

  42. Seriously stop arguing the “wasted time” element of this, that’s like saying socialism costs too much.

    Smolett isn’t evil because he wasted our time, he is evil because he was perfectly willing to testify against 2 innocent men and lie to send them to jail. He only stopped when he realized the people they picked up were his friends.

    He is evil and this should be punished. For all the left bitches about fake privilege, they actively reinforce the real privileges that exist.

    1. Black celebrity privilege.

    2. Seriously stop arguing the “wasted time” element of this, that’s like saying socialism costs too much.

      Well, there were some murders that occurred that probably lost resources (despite CPD’s assurances), but by the numbers, you’re probably correct that these detectives weren’t going to close those cases.

  43. Sadly, ‘victim hood hoaxes’ usually go unpunished. In Toronto, there was a case where the kids who perpetuated a hoax didn’t face any kind of justice. The public was told ‘they made a mistake’. Aw.

    Everyone goes home without learning a damn thing.

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  44. “It’s impossible to say for sure what exactly went wrong, but prosecutors clearly decided that the evidence they had was not as rock solid as Chicago PD had implied in their repeated statements to the press.”

    More likely, it’s a political calculation.

    Chicago is run by a Democratic party machine that does Democrat things for Democrat reasons. The African-American community is an important part of that machine, and it may have been decided not to prosecute because prominent members of that community urged them not to prosecute.

    I wouldn’t read the decision not to prosecute as implying anything about the quality of the evidence at all. More likely, prosecution just wasn’t politically expedient. It might be otherwise if we were talking about somewhere in Kansas. The Democrat machine is so powerful in Chicago, even Rahm Emanuel has to play by their rules.

    1. It’s not really in the interest of African American community or their activism for Smollett to go unpunished. They can’t afford him to be used as evidence that Americans are obsessed with identity politics and will often launch witch hunts to advance a narrative. They have a convoluted narrative on privilege and intersectionality that often turns on them and puts them on the defense, as this case was the more recent example.

      Who can seriously defend him? There’s no footage, no physical evidence, and the brothers all but admitted to the act. Black celebrities once revered as national pop icons are being exposed every year. Surviving R Kelly called out the black community for rallying around a man who was at minimum a highly unethical individual. Inevitably some poor black kid in Chicago will be sent to jail for stealing a sneakers bar from Walmart and the outside world will pounce on it. It’s not a good situation for the city and the left.

      They were left with the “Smollett made it harder for future victims to come forward” and for that narrative to stick they HAD to punish him. The black chief of police knows this, and he damn well knows the prosecution just spat on his police force and their position in front of the public.

      1. My experience indicates the Chicago police deserve a periodic spitbath.

        1. Dont they kill enough puppies for your taste?

    2. Possibly seen as a way to stop rioting, looting, more than usual shootings and murders. Still the stink of this will pollute even corrupt Chicago for a long time to come.

      1. So, there would be rioting, looting, shooting, arson in the streets of Chicago because the down trodden masses would identify with Jussie Smollett?

  45. Probably Obama using his phone again.

  46. Michelle Obama sent her chief of staff ,Tina Tchen, to intervene. She’s the one who told Foxx to get the FBI involved. I infer they all believed Smolletts and had an opportunity to stick it to Trump and MAGA. Then it all blew up in their faces. Foxx recused herself because she has some kind of ties to Smollets or the people who work for ‘Empire’. She got back in to make sure the charges got dropped. Foxx has pissed off the machine with this dunce move. Looking around you don’t see much support from the black or gay communities for this jerk. It was a personal not political decision to drop charges.

  47. Complete and total CORRUPTION. Time to send in the federal troops.

    In the meantime, accusations of racism against whites are now automatically non-credible just like rape accusations after the Kavanaugh hearings.

    Real victims of both have this scumbag prosecutor to name. By the way, what’s his name and where does he live?

  48. Buried in the middle, he “agreed to forfeit his bond”. In other words, they got their money. Nothing more needed.

    Either way, this is evidence of justice corrupted. If Smollett was innocent, then keeping the bond was extortion. If he was guilty, then only keeping the bond was justice denied to everyone else.

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  50. “It’s impossible to say for sure what exactly went wrong, but prosecutors clearly decided that the evidence they had was not as rock solid as Chicago PD had implied in their repeated statements to the press.”

    Or they decided that prosecuting a gay black man would cause more trouble than it was worth.

  51. Dylan Stableford, “Trump says FBI will review Jussie Smollett case”, Yahoo News, 28 Mar 2019.

    I hope Michelle Obama’s Chief if Staff Tina Tchen and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx are happy that they got what Foxx suggested to CPD Superintendent Johnson: let the FBI handle this case.

    Kim Foxx
    To: Tina Tchen
    2/1/19
    Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get back to me shortly.

    President Donald Trump has joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and CPD Super Eddie Johnson in outrage over this miscarriage of justice. Justice for Jussie Smollett!

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