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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Still Think Jussie Smollett Is Guilty—and Are Furious He's Going Free

"Where is the accountability in the system?"

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Immediately following the Illinois state attorney's move to drop all charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) held a press conference with Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Both men were blithely furious that Smollett would not be facing justice—and it was clear that they were just as angry with the prosecutors as they were with Smollett.

"Where is the accountability in the system?" asked Emanuel. "You cannot have, because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set apply to everyone else."

Emanuel explained that he stood by the Chicago police department's work in the case, and cited the 16 charges brought against Smollett by a grand jury as evidence that the case was worth pursuing. Both Emanuel and Johnson suggested that if Smollett was truly innocent, he should have been more eager to prove it in court.

This is all a bit much. Grand juries are notoriously willing to bring charges, thus the famous saying, "a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich." Moreover, Smollett should not be expected to want to go to court. It's the state's job to prove he's guilty, not his job to prove he's innocent. If prosecutors are going to just give up the case, only requiring Smollett to forfeit a small fee and do some community service, it would be insane of him to object.

Emanuel and Johnson are convinced that the police had compiled an impressive amount of evidence, and were apoplectic that the prosecution was not moving forward. Reading between the lines, it definitely looks like there's some bad blood between them and the prosecutors. State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case after exchanging text messages with Smollett sympathizers, and Chicago's police union has demanded an investigation. Foxx's offices reportedly gave police zero forewarning that the case was about to be dropped (and possibly waited to make the announcement until top brass were otherwise disposed).

The state's attorney has tried to frame the abandonment of the case as a win for the city, taking solace in the fact that Smollett agreed to perform community service. It's also a matter of priorities.

"Here's the thing—we work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime," said Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats. "Public safety is our number one priority. I don't see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety."

Magats maintained that there was no issue with the evidence.

"We stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him and we stand behind the charges in the case," he said. "The mere fact that it was disposed of in an alternative manner does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities in the case or the evidence."

Without being able to see the evidence, it's tough to say which side is right. But none of this really changes what the public knows about the Smollett case. Whether or not the state's attorney wanted to bring the matter to trial, it remains fairly indisputable that the culprits were two Nigerian brothers who knew and worked with Smollett. If the actor was involved—something that still seems likely—the best remaining option for bringing him to trial is the FBI's investigation of the threatening letter he received in the mail.

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325 responses to “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Still Think Jussie Smollett Is Guilty—and Are Furious He's Going Free

  1. blithely furious

    ??

    1. “Hit ‘n’ Run: Where we torture the English language and make it talk!”

      1. We should certainly be careful not to torture language, particularly with any inappropriate goal in view. Indeed, everyone knows that “twisting words to stir up controversy” can be a crime, a fact that highly competent New York prosecutors made clear in our nation’s leading criminal “satire” case. Fortunately, the charges in the New York case were not dropped, which is why Chicago law enforcement authorities are right to be upset at the awful legal president that has just been set. What is needed now is a concerted effort by law enforcement authorities everywhere in America to suppress, punish, and ban any kind of inappropriate “hoax” that can damage a reputation or distract the public from our great national journey towards unity and the celebration of real, strong values and leadership.

        1. Incidentally, UCLA’s Eugene Volokh, one of the great, principled, conservative voices in America, has put forward many excellent arguments for criminalizing libel?and clearly he is right to ignore the foolish arguments to the contrary put forward by so-called “human rights” groups around the world. Since libel should be criminalized, all the more reason why false accusations of the sort involved here should be punished with jail, to say nothing of fines, incarceration, forfeiture and prosecution in the press.

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  2. That nigga guilty.

    1. This is Rahm, isn’t it?

      1. He can say that. His friend was half black.

    2. Rahm Emmanuel is guilty of many things. I’m pretty sure Smollett is guilty of a bunch of bullshit too.

  3. Whether or not the state’s attorney wanted to bring the matter to trial, it remains fairly indisputable that the culprits were two Nigerian brothers who knew and worked with Smollett.

    Unless Smollett somehow mistakenly thought a pair of Nigerians that he knew and who had worked for him were MAGA hat wearing killer rednecks, how can you not conclude he is guilty here? What could the evidence show other than his guilt?

    1. He has terrible eyesight?

      1. Ah. That would explain why he didn’t notice the noose around his neck until it was pointed out to him several hours later.

        1. but he held onto that samich…

      2. “chemjeff’s delicious tears”
        +1

    2. It was a dark and stormy (no, not her) night, and he couldn’t see so well.

      1. Wait wait wait… Dark and stormy… Ginger beer…

        Why you gotta cockney rhyming slang slur the guy?

      2. I was in Chicago that week and it was as cold as it gets.. I can’t imagine even the dumbest White racist waiting outside in weather where your lungs can freeze in 10 min of exposure to jump on a minor character in a seldom watched adult, black soap opera. So my point is it clearly was staged and he got off because of his connection to Foxx and the Obama’s. Sad but there is 2 types of justice regardless of color. That for the rich and then that for the rest of us.

        1. Ice People are impervious to the cold.

        2. Ice People are impervious to the cold.

    3. Too many identity politics boxes checked? Maybe the prosecutors just don’t want the attention. Seems unlikely, but possible. I don’t claim to understand anything about Chicago.

    4. Maybe he thought they were Kenyans?

      1. no, Nigerian princes…

  4. The police union bitching about special treatment, please.

    1. That’s the funniest part.

      1. It is funny. And this forcing me to admit the Police Union has a point, is another reason to hate Smollett. It may be the best reason to hate him.

        1. The reason to hate Smollett is because he’s a hateful bigot who committed a textbook hate crime and got off easy through bribery, progressive privilege, and political-judicial corruption.
          Hoaxes must be subject to the same penalty as the crimes they allege. Anything else simply sets up an unjust system that promotes psychopaths, psychotics, and “elites”.
          Yes Smollett deserves to die, and I hope he burns in hell!

          1. Well, if he’s raw dogging it in threesomes with two brothers from Africa there is a good chance he will get the AIDS. So he might die.

            1. Who dies of AIDS anymore?

              1. Someone who has ignored every piece of information for the last 25 years. Someone who deserves it.

              2. Plenty of people. Turning it from a short term death sentence to a chronic condition that will probably only kill you if you skip your expensive meds didn’t transform it into the common cold.

    2. Chicago police of all people. I wish these progressives would stop making me support groups that I cannot stand.

  5. I said this in the other thread. The attention paid to Emanuel is (a bit) misguided.

    Foxx owes her position to Preckwinkle, Preckwinkle wants Johnson out. End of story.

    1. That last sentence somehow sounds dirty.

      1. ‘End of story.’?

        But seriously, the statement ‘Lightfoot wants Johnson in.’ is doubly funny.

      2. We are living in an age where a guy named Buttigieg is running for President while bragging about going to see an X rated movie with his mother. In such an age, is anything really dirty?

        1. There is nothing wrong with seeing an X rated movie with his mother.

          1. That is messed up.

            1. If it was a porno, sure. If it was a movie that got rated X when real movies still got X ratings, that’s a little different.

              1. That’s like 5 movies bro. It was a porn. I know “blah blah equivocation blah blah” is your thing but RUFKM?

              2. That’s like 5 movies bro. It was a porn. I know “2 blah equivocation blah blah” is your thing but RUFKM?

              3. That’s like 5 movies bro. It was a porn. I know “2 blah equivocation blah blah” is your thing but RUFKM?

                1. Wow I’ve never seen the squirrels edit a post before

                2. Yeah, I’m such a jerk for not always assuming the worst about any situation.

              4. Midnight Cowboy was X rated when it first ran in the late 60s; that wouldn’t even garner an “M” nowadays.

          2. That depends, is his mother hot?

            Alos, I see what you did there Chipper.

        2. Hickenlooper was the one who took his mom to see deep throat. Buttgag just has a weird fetishy prom sounding name, and is gay.

        3. Buttigeg isn’t old enough to get into an adult movie

        4. Buttigeg isn’t old enough to get into an adult movie

        5. Actually, John, that was Hickenlooper.

      3. “End of story” sounds dirty?

        1. It sounds like the story ended prematurely.

      4. Your prescription is ready, Mr. Prickwrinkle.

        1. Please tell me he is a lawyer and his partner is named Beaver. Prickwrinkle and Beaver might be the best name for a law firm ever.

          1. Needs three names.

            How about:
            Pound, Beaver, and Prickwrinkle

            1. I like that

            2. Prickwrinkle, Beaver and Pound?

      5. Preckwinkle…hahahahahahaha

    2. I think it was Auden who said that the preckwinkle is like a door: when johnson knocks, it opens.

  6. “taking solace in the fact that Smollett agreed to perform community service”

    Not according to his defense team who I am told I should totally believe.

  7. As with #TrumpRussia, it’s disappointing to see a handful of supposed progressives adopting the obviously incorrect right-wing view. I guess I’ll file Rahm Emanuel next to Glenn Greenwald.

  8. >>>”Where is the accountability in the system?” asked Emanuel.

    somebody hit this man w/an irony stick

    1. Rahm is really furious because he thought he had gamed the system by refusing to run for re-election, and all the corruption probes which were set to go once he won re-election have now been sidelined. That’s why he can brag about want accountability, and now it’s too late to jump back into the election.

    2. “Where is the accountability in the system?” asked Emanuel. “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set apply to everyone else.”

      Says the man who worked for Hillary Clinton.

      1. I know, right? I nearly choked on the irony in that one.

  9. The process is a punishment and this guy was especially humiliated so you have to consider that when you’re weighing it out.

    1. No you don’t. If he had plead guilty to the crime, I might consider that as mitigation. But he is walking away without a conviction. His being humiliated does not mitigate that injustice.

      1. I do when I think about it. I would even give Trump credit for time served under the roast. I’m a generous man.

        1. “I do when I think about it.”

          Whatever you chose to call it, no one here is fooled; “thinking” is not one of your abilities.

          1. You got me. You’re so convincing with your “you’re stupid” and “lefty bad” remarks.

            1. “You’re so convincing with your “you’re stupid” and “lefty bad” remarks.”

              It’s not my skill in pointing it out; it’s you’re continuing display of idiocy which makes it convincing.

              1. Why? What exactly did I say that was idiotic?

                1. What exactly did I say that was wasn’t idiotic?

                  FTFY

                  1. So boring

                    1. Read the audience, shit stain.

                      If you have a legitimate question, ask and you will probably get an informed response. Spouting your sophomoric opinions will get you ridiculed.

        2. Then you don’t give a shit about race relations, the truth, or unequal justice. Good for you. I disagree.

          1. Read exactly what I said. I said consider it. I didn’t say anything about agreeing with the decision.

        3. When smollett is bankrupt like Flynn, then he can walk away.

      2. His being humiliated does not mitigate that injustice.

        Humiliation and slander without a conviction is the opposite of justice.

        Might as well just humiliate everyone who files a hate crime report in case one of them is fake. Nothing in jurisprudence says anything about not publicly shaming 100 fakers in case one, or 99 of them are innocent.

        1. In some ways yes. But no one made Smollett take the deal. He could have insiste on going to court and clearing his name.

          1. Him and his lawyer are claiming hes innocent as it was a no plead. That’s why people are pissed.

      3. “The process is a punishment…” sounds like a proto-anarchist theory of justice wherein punishment is not necessary since the social stink is supposedly worse than any fine or incarceration, and which would have to be meted out by the state anyway, which we all know is illegitimate, yada, yada.

        So the turd gets to walk, but man is he blushing. Ooh, it’s burning his cheeks! That must hurt. That’ll learn him.

        1. I might accept a trivial prison sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. Yeah it’s not something a normal person would get. However, wealth privilege is a thing and at least no one got hurt, and after all this, his career is more or less over.

          However, he is not only getting off scott-free, but the prosecutor explicitly stated that his badly staged hate crime was real, contrary to all other parties involved, while sealing all information that might explain this situation.

          There are things that are simply unacceptable.

        2. I might accept a trivial prison sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. Yeah it’s not something a normal person would get. However, wealth privilege is a thing and at least no one got hurt, and after all this, his career is more or less over.

          However, he is not only getting off scott-free, but the prosecutor explicitly stated that his badly staged hate crime was real, contrary to all other parties involved, while sealing all information that might explain this situation.

          There are things that are simply unacceptable.

      4. Yeah, if he admitted it and apologized for being such a twerp, I’d say go easy on him.

    2. Ok. Weighed it. He’s human feces.

      1. “Backbirth” is the word you’re looking for.

    3. “The process is a punishment and this guy was especially humiliated so you have to consider that when you’re weighing it out.”

      Pretty sure OP posts here to show how stupid a lefty can be.

      1. Do you ever say anything else?

        1. “Do you ever say anything else?”

          In your case? Why would I?

    4. The process is a punishment when they come after you for made up BS when you do things they don’t like that aren’t exactly illegal (bad mouth a cop, don’t bend the knee, etc)

      This guy actually did something illegal (file a false report), a crime that had the potential to cause an injustice (conviction of innocent parties) had the truth not been discovered. It almost certainly put investigations of other real crimes with real victims on the backburner.

      Prison is not necessary but admitting his guilt, and making restitution for the resources expended investigating his lies would be justice.

    5. “”The process is a punishment and this guy was especially humiliated so you have to consider that when you’re weighing it out.”‘

      If you are going to do that, wouldn’t you do it before handing it to a grand jury and receiving a 16 count indictment?

    6. I can’t believe how people see life sometimes.

    7. No. Any one of us here would be sent straight to prison, period. But this guy is an entitled celebrity member of two darling classes from the progtard point of view so he gets a pass. Granted he might really have enjoyed prison. Where he likely would be the belle of the ball. Especially with a a cutesy little name like ‘Jussie’. Total pass around pack.

      1. Only if you are a person of color. There are never any charges filed in these false report cases. It’s why they keep coming; zero consequences if caught. This is precisely what the leftist’s want, and I presume that the prosecutors in this jurisdiction are mainly leftists.

  10. Smollette now gets to be the poster child for unequal justice in this country. I wish him luck with that.

    1. On the one hand you have a huge goalpost shift cum sleight of hand misdirection of the media spin machine which tried to segue seamlessly into talking about how “we” musn’t forget how awful and racist and bad and scary and icky Trump’s AmeriKKKa really is (Handmaid’s Tale meets Kristallnacht etc).

      On the other hand you have a huge number of media useful idiots and political hacks who have effectively been perpetuating the same kind of fraud, relentlessly mischaracterizing much of the population for years who are being extreme hypocrites by criticizing him, upset with him primarily because his way was extremely fucking retarded and he made them look bad by getting caught. Why couldn’t he just be smart about it and leave it to the professional hate-mongers in the opinion pieces and TV “debates”?!

      1. Progs are going to hate him if they don’t already because conservatives will throw this case in their faces. He is screwed.

      2. “Trump’s AmeriKKKa really is (Handmaid’s Tale meets Kristallnacht etc).”

        You left out all of the “literallies.”

  11. Guilty as sin, free as a bird.

    1. Much like an infamous Chicago Prof.

  12. I’m fairly certain that there’s some Chicago-politics crap going on here which is beyond my comprehension, unless someone does a really detailed and boring article laying out the whole context. I’m not saying I’d read such an article.

    1. You aren’t fooling anyone, you’d read the shit out of it. Twice probably.

  13. Must be nice to be that privileged.

      1. Celebrity. I doubt he has that much money. But he is an actor on a TV series and a gay black man to boot.

        1. An intersectional double-whammy.

  14. The biggest tragedy in this whole thing is those two racist maga hat-wearing homophobes are still on the loose.

    1. racist maga hat-wearing homophobes

      That sounds like a Rob Zombie ukelele cover band.

      1. I really hope that’s a thing.

    2. The biggest tragedy in this whole thing is those two racist maga hat-wearing homophobes are still on the loose.

      Wrong. Racist MAGA hat-wearing homophobes everywhere have been emboldened to the fact that they can perpetrate such a crime and get away with it. Jussie Smollett is worse than Trump.

      1. Hey guys what’s going on in this comments—-

        O LAWD!!!

    3. The greatest tragedy is that, despite all the racism and homophobia, Mueller still didn’t find any evidence of collusion with Russia.

      1. Yes, that’s the greatest tragedy. Diane said the biggest, because MAGA hat wearing people are fatty boombalatties.

        1. Except those literal boys from Brazil types marching around in their MAGA hats abusing Native Americans! Little Hitlers! Evil!

    4. Here’s how you get him. He pulls a noose, you pull a cup of bleach, he sends one of yours to Subway,
      you send one of his to a press conference. Then you drop all charges.That’s the Chicago way

  15. This story really can’t get any weirder now that Rahm Emmanuel has weighed in. His authoritarian love of police is greater than his liberal orthodoxy is the only conclusion I can draw.

    Well, on second thought, Trump pardoning him from the FBI thing (like someone mentioned in the other story) would be peak weird.

    1. Emmanuel is a lame duck. So, he doesn’t give a shit about what the various celebrities and race hustlers think. Meanwhile, how much dirt do you think the Chicago police department and union have on him regarding his time as mayor and his Chicago political carreer before that?

      It is pretty easy to see which side Emmanual is going to be on.

      1. Emmanuel was a lame duck walking in. He went to Chicago as a springboard to running for president! Instead, he’s been pilloried by the Democrat machine in Chicago from the moment he took office. If it’s a fight between the police unions and everybody else in the machine, well, the only part of that machine that hasn’t stabbed him in the back are the police unions. Of course he takes their side. Isn’t that the only side that hasn’t been out to get him for rocking the boat?

        1. That Tiny Dancer ever thought he had a chance at being President shows just how wierd the first few years of the Obama Administration were.

          1. It might also show how messed up politics are if someone casually becomes mayor of the third largest city in the US as part of a long-game.

  16. “Emanuel explained that he stood by the Chicago police department’s work in the case, and cited the 16 charges brought against Smollett by a grand jury as evidence that the case was worth pursuing. Both Emanuel and Johnson suggested that if Smollett was truly innocent, he should have been more eager to prove it in court.

    This is all a bit much. Grand juries are notoriously willing to bring charges, thus the famous saying, “a grand jury could indict a ham sandwich.” Moreover, Smollett should not be expected to want to go to court. It’s the state’s job to prove he’s guilty, not his job to prove he’s innocent.”

    Were Emmanuel and Johnson arguing that the judge should instruct the jury not to presume the innocence of the defendant?

    Obviously not.

    But because both Emanuel and Johnson “suggested” that Smollett should be eager to have his innocence established in court, we should agree that Smollett shouldn’t be prosecuted–is that what’s being “suggested” here?

    Looks like a red herring to me.

    Chicago is run by a Democratic party machine that does party machine things for party machine reasons. The prosecution may have decided not to prosecute because prominent parts of the machine urged him not to prosecute.

    Prosecution probably just wasn’t politically expedient. We might presume otherwise if we were talking about somewhere in Kansas, but the party machine in Chicago is so powerful, Rahm Emanuel can only take whatever the machine decides to give him.

    1. But because both Emanuel and Johnson “suggested” that Smollett should be eager to have his innocence established in court, we should agree that Smollett shouldn’t be prosecuted–is that what’s being “suggested” here?

      With the help of Emanuel and CPD Soave is torturing logic like a pro!

    2. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rahm “influenced” the decision not to prosecute (gotta keep those leftist narratives alive) while saying otherwise out of the other side of his mouth in public. Such a POS.

  17. This just in: The people who attacked Smollett are the same duo that killed Nicole Brown Simpson.

    1. Hey, only one of them did the killing. OJ was just along for the ride!

    2. OJ? Did you find ’em on the golf course?

    3. O. and J.? At least it wasn’t that terrible trio P. B. and J.!

        1. Put your pants back on, BUCS.

          1. Right on cue…

            Boooooo

      1. Booooooo

        That was chipper morning eunuch level bad

    4. I see OJ, man!

  18. “Here’s the thing?we work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats. “Public safety is our number one priority. I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.”

    Embezzlers, tax evaders, car thieves, and shoplifters of Chicago, rejoice!

    I guess they don’t prosecute people for that in Chicago.

    1. Yeah what an insulting lie, don’t they hammer the inner city with red light camera tickets?

    2. Oh I live here and that is only true if you fall into a certain group

  19. This story really can’t get any weirder now that Rahm Emmanuel has weighed in.

    Tribal affiliations can get complicated.

  20. If it is ever proved I doubt but this non-crime crime is not being prosecuted only because of politics. A call form Smollett to a friend to a member of Michelle Obama’s team to the Illinois state DA and suddenly the there has been no crime committed. Hopefully the federal justice department will investigate and then if Smollett is at the bottom of the attack on himself he will receive justice not vengeance.

    1. It’s wasn’t an attack if it was staged and the letter was fake too so there was never a threat made. It was all staged. I don’t see how the feds can get involved unless he made false statements to the feds.

      1. The feds are investigating a separate incident a few months earlier where Smollett mailed an ‘anonymous’ threatening letter to himself at the studio. The letter contained a powdery substance later found to be crushed aspirin.

        Nevertheless, since 9/11, that kind of hoax threat is a big deal and he likely lied to the feds. It also didn’t help that he did this through the US nail system, which potentially adds charges.

        He’s still in a lot of trouble.

        1. If sent through the USPS or across state lines and intended to defraud, it would violate 18 USC 1341.

      2. Yeah, but the evidence proving Smollett and the brothers sent the letter was was a magazine cut out collected by the Chicago PD. If the PD has kept the evidence or forwarded it to the FBI, then the feds can go ahead.

        If the States Attorney’s got their hands on the letter then I think it got lost.

        Or alternatively Alex Acosta resigns from Department of Labor, gets appointed special prosecutor for Smollet, then negotiates an “Epstein Special” non prosecution agreement.

    1. Isn’t he under indictment for extortion?

      Even if they did do it on their own, that doesn’t get Smollett off the hook for making a false police report. Smollettt still lied and made a hate crime out of it and caused all kinds of damage and needs to go to the can for a while as a result.

      1. I believe so, but he’s not in leg irons.

        1. No, he’s unindicted. He could have trouble with the bar association but that indictment for extortion seems like bullshit. Did y’all catch what Avenatti was charged with in the other case? Inflating his worth to get a loan from a bank. Trump has been accused of just that. I wonder if that’s coming down the pike.

          1. He is an unindicted co-conspirator. Why he wasn’t charged remains a mystery. And lying on a bank loan is fraud and should be a crime.

            1. Ok. Cool.

            2. Lying on a bank loan to a federal institution IS a crime. Especially if the loan is actually funded.

          2. This comment is even more ridiculous than Ordinary’s usual output!

            Because Avenatti was charged with bank fraud and Trump has been accused of bank fraud then . . . there’s some kind of equivalence there, and it means . . . something.

            The only thing that means is that you’re capable of some hilariously muddled thinking.

            Choke on some reality about your favorite unindicted co-conspirator:

            “Attorney Michael Avenatti, who seized the spotlight last year as a lawyer for former adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Monday and charged with attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike Inc., as well as bank fraud in a separate case.

            Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Mr. Avenatti with extortion and conspiracy, alleging he told lawyers for Nike that he and an unnamed co-conspirator would release damaging information about the company if Nike didn’t pay them to conduct an “internal investigation” and to settle a client’s claim, according to a complaint unsealed Monday.”

            http://www.wsj.com/articles/at…..553533952?

            If that “co-conspirator” is Geragos, then, once again, taking his word for anything is something only a willfully obtuse idiot would do.

            1. Trump personal lawyer testified under oath that he believes Trump inflated his assets. You’d be shitting your pants if your lawyer did that to you. There is exact equivalence if Cohen’s statements are proven true.

              1. Why does any of this have to do with Trump?

                in your world, does everything have to do with Trump?

                1. I have to slip those thoughts into your mind. Whenever I see people judging other people I feel a compelled to judge them. Since Trump is such a judgmental mothefucker I have to work overtime on his case.

                  1. So, the answer is that you have Trump Derangement Syndrome.

                    Got it.

                    1. It’s not derangement to hate politicians and Trump is a special case.

                    2. I hate Obama, but I don’t think he’s relevant to everything.

              2. “Trump personal lawyer testified under oath that he believes”

                You mean the admitted perjurer?

                Lololol no one gives a fuck what he “believes”

              3. Huh. I’d be suing the shit out of my lawyer.

            2. I think I remember Geragos founding the Innocence Project so yeah he is my boy.

              1. What difference does that make?

                I think I remember that appeals to authority are a logical fallacy.

                1. It means I like Geragos. You don’t trust him because he supposedly involved in something shady and so I counter that pointing out the good work he’s done. Using the standard you used to attack his credibility.

                  1. Yeah, for all we know, Avenatti may tried to extort $20 million to share with an “unnamed co-conspirator”–without even checking with the “unnamed co-conspirator” first–is that what I’m supposed to think?

                    I wasn’t born yesterday. Sometimes, there are good reasons to give people the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes, there are good reasons not to give someone the benefit of the doubt, too.

                  2. Geragos is likeable. He’s not credible.

                    The dude still maintains that Scott Peterson is innocent.

    2. Well we’re all idiots apparently and Sevo was right. If that’s true holy shit.

    3. Geregos is admitting that his client is guilty of lying to the police. Great work there Mark. My God these people are morons.

    4. Geragos should feel lacking in credibility this afternoon…

    5. Geragos is the other party that’s been named in Avenatti’s alleged extortion of Nike.

      “The co-conspirator in the Nike matter is celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Geragos wasn’t charged in the complaint. A lawyer for Mr. Geragos, Benjamin Brafman, declined to comment on his behalf.”

      —WSJ

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/at…..553533952?

      I wouldn’t believe anything just because Mark Geragos said it.

    6. then the brothers should be facing jail but they aren’t so ?

      1. I believe that Juicy would have to press charges… but I heard somewhere that Juicy is claiming now that he simply can’t identify his attackers.

        *shrug*

      2. The brothers accepted money to put on masks and smack a gay guy around. That sounds like a pretty typical Tuesday night in most cities. As a matter of fact, stopping them from doing so would probably lead to a civil rights lawsuit.

        1. You know they were spitroasting lil’ Juicy. He probably came up with the whole scheme during some pillow talk after all the sodomy.

        2. “The brothers accepted money to put on masks and smack a gay guy around.”

          That’ll cost you $200 in Vegas.

  21. the only thing i can think of is if they thought there would be rioting if he was found guilty so they had to seal everything the only problem is no one respect the legal system anymore. but i think they would have let Rahm and the police know that so i don’t think so.

    1. Black people don’t give a shit about this idiot. No way in hell would riot over this.

      1. except for the political MAGA angle. remember many people still think the Covington kids are guilty of something, anything

        1. Yes, and those would all be neurotic white people. And nuerotic white people don’t riot.

      2. Black people don’t give a shit about this idiot. No way in hell would riot over this.

        I honestly think “they” were between disaffected and disbelieving.

        Smollett didn’t actually get shot to death by police and, supposedly, kept the noose around his neck until the cops showed up.

        I think the only black people buying that story relied heavily on network paychecks.

        1. Blacks are also largely not fans of homosexuals. Look at how they voted in prop 8 in CA, and listen to any rap lyrics concerning gays.

      3. “Black people don’t give a shit about this idiot.”

        A lot of black people didn’t care about Rodney King. It’s the principle.

        They’re not about to riot over this, but if you make it into an issue of black vs. white, they’ll take sides.

        1. They’re not about to riot over this, but if you make it into an issue of black vs. white, they’ll take sides.

          Please point to the white people in this story.

          1. All those white people who said that racism wasn’t really a problem because the MAGA hat wearing racists who beat him up turned out to be a hoax.

            1. So no one.

    2. Nah, not in this case. I don’t think this case touched “home” in the black community, so to speak. I think it was more of a curiosity and tragic comedy.

      1. The gay angle probably didn’t help, either.

    3. More likely it was a favor for a favor.

      Somebody in the prosecutor’s office may be about to get endorsements they wouldn’t have been able to get otherwise. And since getting elected in Chicago is about winning the primary and getting the necessary endorsements from the machine to do that, it’s really important.

      1. More likely it was a favor for a favor.

        Somebody mentioned the City/County/State is broke angle on the other thread. I think there’s an added dimension to this; IL’s prisons aren’t exactly nice places to be. If you thought attention-seeking, crime-fabricating Smollett was an issue walking down the street in MAGA country, just imagine what happens when you put him in an overcrowded gen. pop.

    4. Nah bro, more likely rioting over a Breitbart. This story was made for that website.

      1. True. Peple at Breitbart believe in the rule of law. So a miscarriage of justice is upsetting to their readership. Unlike lynch mob progressives who believe the law should be based on how the rabble feels and the identity politics of the situation.

        1. Beyond that, he’s right. It is custom made for the Breitbart crowd. You’ve got celebrity. Fake news against Trump. Race baiting by team D. Connections to the Obamas, Kamala Harris, sketchy dismissal that involves the Rainbow Coalition of all things…. a pissed off Chief of Police and Rahm Emanuel being on the same side as the MAGA dudes….

          That’s pretty much the kind of thing Breitbart was created for.

          1. “That’s pretty much the kind of thing Breitbart was created for.”

            No it wasn’t. I’m sure Andrew is rolling in his grave over what Breitbart has become.

    5. the only thing i can think of is if they thought there would be rioting if he was found guilty

      Really? It didn’t occur that if there is a actual prosecution of a faked hate crime, it dampens the narrative that the Trump legacy is a race war. The key is the sealing of the record. The lawyers and Juicy can lie all they want and the lefties can continue pretending that hate crimes are hitting all time records.

      1. It’s all about the narrative. Always the narrative.

  22. Prosecutor Admits: We Know Smollett Lied, We Dropped His Felony Charges Anyway

    JUST IN: Prosecutor says he still believes Jussie Smollett lied about attack despite dropping charges – AP

    1. “”NEW from Chicago: Joe Magats, the first assistant state’s attorney who made the final decision to drop the charges against Jussie Smollett, says in an interview: “We didn’t exonerate him.”””

      As I mentioned in one of the Mueller threads. Prosecutors rarely exonerate.

      1. Because the law isn’t written to allow for it unless in post conviction proceeding. They sometimes want you to prove your innocence to get out of prison.

        1. “”Because the law isn’t written to allow for it unless in post conviction proceeding.””

          If you understand that, then you know Mueller not exonerating isn’t a big deal.

    2. Listen to his voice. That guy is nervous.

      His buddy – the “Top Prosecutor” dropped this in his lap and convinced him to drop the charges. She recused herself because she’s close friends with Kamala Harris. Who also claims to be close to Smollett.

      And that guy just figured out that winning a favor from the “next president of the United States” isn’t necessarily the sure thing he thought it was.

  23. Please do not use words like “accountability and responsibility.”
    It hurts the feelings of those who like to spend other people’s money.

  24. we work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime

    So focusing extra hard on people wearing MAGA hats and the drivers of people wearing MAGA hats or no?

    1. I was about to comment on this as well. I guess violence has a political definition to them, not a legal one.

    1. Oh, Ray posted above, late the party… as usual.

  25. “Where is the accountability in the system?” asked Emanuel. “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set apply to everyone else.”

    Let it go, Rahm. No reasonable prosecutor would bring charges against Hillary.

  26. “Where is the accountability in the system?”

    Now they’re concerned about accountability?

    1. The accountability is supposed to come from two parties duking it out for votes.

      They don’t have that in Chicago. They have a party machine that decides who will win in the primaries–since the locals there would vote for the devil himself so long as he were listed on the final ballot as a Democrat.

    2. Prosecutor is accounting his Benjamins

      1. I agree. $10,000 of them.

        You don’t pay $10 grand and agree to community service for a crime you did not commit.

        1. I can’t agree with that at all.

          If I was facing 16 felony counts and years in prison and you offered to drop all charges, seal the records and make the whole thing go away if -and only if- I let you keep the $10 grand I had to put up toward my bond (and wouldn’t be getting back anyway) and go hang out at the Rainbow Coalition TV studio for a couple of days… Yeah, I’d take that deal in a heartbeat.

          Heck, just getting to my arraignment was going to cost way more than $10k. Plus, now I can still answer “no” on the “have you ever been arrested” question on job applications. Because the whole thing is sealed.

          This was a gift. Make no mistake about it. This was a home run for the Smollett legal team.

          1. Agree, both with your reasoning to take the deal and that this was a home run for the Smollett legal team.

            Of course, you may disagree with my take that it was also a home run for the cause of special pleading for connected people of color.

  27. There’s an old joke about a student and his economics professor walking across campus at the University of Chicago. The students says, “Look professor, somebody dropped a $100 bill here on the sidewalk!” The economics professor says, “Don’t even both to pick it up. It’s not real”. The students says, “How can you tell?”, and the professor says, “If it’s really worth $100, no one would have dropped it!”

    That kind of “logic” always gets me in these cases, and I know we should guard against that kind of thinking. Somebody may have accidentally given away a get out of jail card for free. I find that hard to believe. Common sense tells me that we should never assume malice when simple incompetence might explain the same thing, but Occam’s razor is telling me that the simplest explanation is that somebody got something in exchange for this.

    People don’t usually give valuable things away for free.

    1. Your roast radar is back in service. How convenient.

    2. Somebody got their preckwinkle greased.

  28. If it was a white person he or she would have been
    charged with a hate crime and every last thing they could come up with. But he is one of the protected species. Third world shithole is where this countries headed. Shitcago is already there.

  29. Tho allot of evidence dose point to Smollett’s guilt, a point to keep in mind for all of us especially Government Officials is that a Criminal Case requires a VERY HIGH Burden of Proof requirement (Look at the OJ Simpson case for example), there may be enough to win a Civil Lawsuit.

    The thing is that I kinda get why it’s a bad idea to rush Smollett to court, because if the prosecutors messed up and Smollett is found Not Guilty, then just like OJ he can’t be Criminally Charged for the same crime again

    1. If the narrative don’t fit, you must acquit.

      1. Case dismissed, lol.

    2. Was the case dismissed with prejudice? If not then the DA can refile later.

  30. Something does not make sense here. You don’t pay a $10,000 fine and perform community service if you aren’t guilty of a crime.

    Since they dropped the charges we can rule out that he pled ‘no contest’ got an fine and community service and they agreed to expunge his record upon completion of the punishment.

    So what are the grounds for Community Service and a Fine of $10k? Was this a bribe?

    1. This is fairly common. I ran into it myself on a bogus traffic ticket.

      I got nabbed for running a red light… that I definitively did not run. I was prepared to do battle. (I was young at the time).

      The DA offered me a choice.

      Come back another day for a court hearing (and potentially be on the hook for court costs, plus the fine, plus another day off from work)….

      Or….

      Pay a $110 “civil penalty” and go home without any charges at all.

      “What is a civil penalty?”, I asked.

      “I have to get something for my client, ” said the DA.

      And there endeth the lesson.

      1. Was that $110 in a check made out to “cash” by any chance?

        1. Nope… but funny thought.

          No, I had to cut a check to the clerk right away.

          I got to see the system up close that day though.

          All traffic tickets got the same court time. 8:30 am.

          And the DA took all the cases with attorneys first. So these attorneys walked up with stacks of tickets and said “we are gonna plead these to faulty equipment, these to 10 over the speed limit, these not guilty” and the DA signed off on whatever they asked for.

          When you saw the size of the stacks, you could see why they arrived at such an arrangement. It would have taken days to clear just one of the attorney’s client lists. Plus, they were probably getting $350 per case, times dozens of cases. Nice work for the price of showing up for a half hour.

          Then came the cases they couldn’t handle that way…. mostly DUI cases. Every DUI got some variation of a prayer for judgement or dismissal before going before a judge. Even the guy who was on his 5th arrest and hit an entire family in a minivan.

          Finally, the plebes without attorneys. One girl who was all of 21 got bullied into pleading guilty to DUI and didn’t ask for an attorney. She got 30 days in jail for a borderline first offense.

          As they say… libertarianism happens to you.

          1. She got 30 days in jail for a borderline first offense.

            Yowza

            1. Yeah yowza.

              The DA straight up bullied her into pleading guilty because he saw how scared she was. The whole thing was less than 2 minutes… called her case, told her to plead guilty, walked up to the judge and he sentenced her to 30 days in jail. Same dude let a 5 time offender walk free with a promise to pay restitution and get help for alcohol abuse because he had a lawyer … only 30 minutes prior.

              So lesson is – always get a local, well-connected lawyer.

  31. They sealed his records. Wtf? Just heard some shmuck attorney justify this baffling decision saying along the lines of ‘we believe he’s guilty but he’s not violent so all good’. Wtf?

    Chicago corruption is another level of corruption.

  32. This is due to the Obamas having one of their fixers, Tina Tchen, call Kim Foxx, initially to ask that the case be transferred from Chicago PD to the FBI. When a black elected official in Cook County gets a call from someone as close to the Obamas as Tchen (Michelle’s CoS in the second term), you should believe the message is loud and clear.

    1. That make sense to me. The African-American Smollett against the white Trump supporters who were falsely accused. A slam dunk for the Obamas. Fist bumps all around.

  33. You’d better increase your intersectionality score.

    It appears to be a get out of jail free card.

    1. Come on Rob, we know you think Jooos are behind it all.

      1. This place should not be a refuge for those who want to make sure that their pro-Hebrew virtue signaling is seen and heard.

        1. That he may be part Hebrew, in and of itself, is no crime, and should not be held against him.

          OTOH, the following are crimes against civilization, decency, humanity, and liberty:

          (1) to virtue signal that one abhors anti-Semitism;

          (2) to support the SPLC;

          (3) to buy the fake news that “hate crimes” against Jews are on the rise;

          (4) to support subsidies for Israel;

          (5) to support anti-BDS legislation;

          (6) to think that Jewishness confers special status;

          (7) to think that Jewishness requires special protection from the state;

          (8) to support the proposition that criticism of dual US / Israeli citizenship is hateful;

          (9) to have a problem with referring to neoconservatives as neo-Cohens; and

          (10) to like, even a teensy, tiny bit, Morris Dees, Irving Kristol, Elliot Abrams, Bibi, or Chuckie Shumer.

        2. Rob Misek|3.26.19 @ 7:12PM|#
          “Smollett is a Jew dipshit.”

          Always the jooze, right, you fucking bigot?

  34. Denizens of Chicago are starting to do some dot connecting on Twitter.

    Here’s the dots:

    Kamala Harris and Smollett are buddies.

    Kamala Harris and the “top prosecutor” are buddies…. so much so that the Top Prosecutor posted a photo of them together and thanked her for helping her get her start in politics.

    Kamala Harris had an anti-lynching bill that she wanted to push.

    Kamala Harris tweeted about a modern day lynching immediately after the news broke.

    Top Prosecutor recuses herself and then the charges are mysteriously dropped.

    But Jussie did 16 hours of community service! For…. the Rainbow Coalition.

    Smollett’s celebrity attorney coincidentally got tabbed as a co-conspirator with Avanatti the same day. For a corporate shakedown.

    Rainbow Coalition, known for race-baiting shakedowns and political connections.

    ….. that’s a lot of dots in a pretty tight line.

      1. Somebody effed up by not getting Rahm in the loop.

  35. This is covered in that well known book: Big Man’s Guide to Graft and Corruption.

  36. Smollett was granted a plea bargain without the most important part, which is the plea.

    The prosecutors destroyed three solid weeks of police work involving a squadron of detectives who knew the victim was full of barnyard epithet from day one but had to use considerable skill and ingenuity to prove it. If I were a Chicago detective, I’d be thinking about calling in sick for about the next four months.

    Why protect and serve a city that disrespects and spurns?

    1. Really odd that they didn’t even give the junior prosecutor the fig leaf of pleading out to a misdemeanor.

      They’d better toss the Chicago press something shiny. Right now they sound motivated to dig around and get to the bottom of the story.

      1. That poor schmuck. I hope he got something good enough to make up for all the shit he’s going to be getting from the cops.

  37. How can a prosecutor agree with the evidence provided by the police, personally believe the suspect to be guilty, and then drop all charges because volunteer work for Jessie Jackson is punishment enough?

    Aside from maybe a few cases involving potential police misconduct, I don’t think I’ve seen this much chasm between the prosecution and the police. And I can’t recall any recent criminal case in which the prosecutor dropped charges after receiving what’s essentially a confession from the co conspirators. They have a list of items alleged to have been used in the attack!

    I’m tempted to say “It’s the Chicago way” or something like that, but even in a cesspool this kind of blatant incompetence can’t go unnoticed. Best case scenario is that this is political favoritism / malfeasance and the worst is that there was bribery and collusion involved. I have to imagine that every local journalist and investigators who helped dismantle the allegation are absolutely aghast right now.

    1. See my thread above.

      Way, way too many coincidences. And add in the bit about Michelle Obama, which is apparently also true.

      And that guy was really, really nervous trying to sell his story.

      I think he just realized he’s the guy at the bottom of the ladder who gets kicked off if things go south.

      1. Coincidences?

        How about collusion?

        As in, colored people collusion.

        Where is John Edwards? Shouldn’t he be railing against the two Americas? One for the Obamas and connected people of color and one for Caucasians?

        1. Don’t post that kind of crap here. This isn’t that kind of place.

          1. Why not?

            1. You’re not stupid. Call it “virtue signalling” if you want, but you know why not.

  38. The rightwing conspiracy theories are amusing. Did you know George Soros is a precog? Or that Michelle Obama pulled some strings?

    Maybe the fact is 17 felonies was a bit much for inconveniencing the cops a little.

    Of course most outraged people think the real crime is insulting Donald Trump supporters.

    Not libertarians, of course. They like it when the cops don’t manage to nab someone.

    1. I know you like to tow that party lion, and you are a true team player and all…

      But even you have to admit that it seems a bit odd that an aggressive DA’s office spends all that time building a very high profile public case and then doesn’t even bother to get a guilty plea to a disorderly conduct misdemeanor is a bit unusual. (Foxx is currently prosecuting R Kelley – and posts about it quite a bit on her twitter page)

      I mean, even Rahm Emanual says it stinks to high heaven. He’s not exactly what you’d call a MAGA guy.

      1. People of color privilege.

        All those who benefit from it, defend it, and exercise it should be excoriated as incorrigibly corrupt, depraved, dirty, filthy, and unfit for a free and civilized society which can no longer afford black social dysfunction.

        1. Not appropriate for this venue. Not even in parody form.

          1. Why not?

            Blackness does not confer immunity from scrutiny or criticism. Particularly in a libertarian venue where anti-racism is neither a virtue nor a tenet of libertarianism.

      2. All we can do is speculate, and I can only do so ignorantly, as I haven’t been able to be bothered to learn all the details of this particular celebrity trial of the century. But it was definitely the antisemite Jews.

    2. Maybe the fact is 17 felonies was a bit much for inconveniencing the cops a little.

      Here, let me help you with that goalpost. It looks really heavy.

      1. I think it’s unbecoming a libertarian to be sad that someone who didn’t hurt anyone wasn’t sent to prison.

        1. The dude attempted to have two innocent people prosecuted and thrown in jail until he was given their identities. Only then did he dither.

        2. Except for the guys he tried to have railroaded and sent to prison (and he likely would’ve done so if the police had picked up two random white guys who weren’t even in on it).

          Seriously Tony: you’re trying to argue that filing a false accusation that could someone in prison for years ‘doesn’t hurt anyone.’ You’re on the wrong fucking side. Stop ducking your party’s dick.

          1. I never duck a dick. Unless it’s coming at me really fast, I guess.

            And I honestly can barely pay attention to this story. Corruption in Chicago? Something something MAGA? Am I tired of this crap because of all the winning?

        3. He should never have been sent to prison. Prison for anyone who is not an immediate threat to others is grossly immoral. The whole point of prison is to forcible remove people who are dangerous from the general population.

          However, giving him a pass because (insert reason) is bullshit. He should have been fined heavily and have a felony on his record.

    3. Right, because falsely accusing someone of felonious assault and leaving them to rot in jail is a nonviolent crime, so why punish it?

      Personally, i’d be content if they made this Smollett dipshit elocute and admit he’s full of shot. And pay for the cost of the investigation.

    4. Did you know that you’re a mouth breathing retarded gimp?

  39. “Without being able to see the evidence, it’s tough to say which side is right.”

    Do you have to be such a dipshit Robbie? The evidence is the surveillance video.

    1. Virtue signaling apologia for black social dysfunction.

    2. To be sure…

    1. it was just about getting definitions right. To wit:

      The document defines “capitalism” as an economic system that “leads to exploitative labor practices, which affect marginalized groups disproportionately.” It criticizes white feminists, declaring “white feminism” is “predicated upon the erasure of women of color and the ways in which racism and sexism converge and compound one another.”

  40. Anti-racism is not a virtue; to the contrary, its a vice to which busy-body, do-gooder tyrants have grown addicted.

    1. I think racism has had more tyrants on its side. Just a back-of-the-napkin figure.

      1. Do you think anti-racists can’t be racists?

        Do you deny that affirmative action is racist?

        Do you deny that minority set asides are racist?

        Do you deny that, this year alone, hundreds of white people have been slaughtered by black and brown Muslims in Nigeria?

        Do you deny that black men are about 100 times more likely to rape a white woman than a white man is to rape a black woman?

        Why would an intelligent person regard the above questions as racist?

        Why would an intelligent person look at racism as some kind of one-way street?

        Do you know whether there were black slave-holders in the ante-bellum south?

        Do you know whether such black slave-holders held thousands of blacks in bondage?

        Do you know whether such black slave-holders held thousands of native Americans (you know, the people from whom Lizzie Warren descended) in bondage?

        1. I know that the existence of bad black people doesn’t make racism okay. Hitler was white, and talk about a guy who stood up for his race. Do I get to dismiss all white people as inferior now?

          1. No. White people are superior than blacks people when it comes to genocide. What happened in Rwanda is peanuts compared to what white Germans and white Russians did. The Chinese come in second. Blacks however? They only killed between a half million and a million. That’s nothing. So yeah, they’re inferior.

            1. What about Chicago?

              1. Eleven, no twelve question marks.

                The answer is 42.

            2. Wow, how racist of you .Genocide is not racial. Its craziness. It comes in all colors.

          2. Tony, your question is a non-sequitur.

            Nevertheless, I will respond by noting that I do not think, nor do I dismiss all black people as inferior.

            However, that black people are more likely to commit inter-racial crimes of violence, make babies out of wedlock, and have higher time preferences than whites or Asians does mean that we should pretend that the foregoing are not facts.

            1. You and progressives are describing the exact same problems (as facts), but merely attributing different causes to them. You’re attributing it to pseudoscientific racist bullshit, and progressives are saying, duh, black people’s poorer social metrics are a result of centuries of mostly very oppressive racism.

              1. black people’s poorer social metrics are a result of centuries of mostly very oppressive racism.

                Explain Africa.

        2. Suggesting that there are differences between black people and white people is racist. Putting forth facts that support these differences is an act of racism because the facts themselves are racist that were collected and collated by racists. Don’t you know anything?

          1. Then stop making everything racial.

            1. I’ll race you for it.

  41. Smollett should face a trial and consequences. But more importantly, so should all the media and internet fools who blasted the fake story.

  42. “We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett,” the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement. Kiera Ellis, a spokeswoman for the office, said the charges were dropped because Mr. Smollett forfeited his [$10,000] bond and completed 16 hours of community service at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition.

    Why would working for a political organization like the Rainbow/Push Coalition considered community service by anyone?

    “Rainbow/PUSH is a non-profit organization formed as a merger of two non-profit organizations founded by Jesse Jackson ? Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and the National Rainbow Coalition. The organizations pursue social justice, civil rights and political activism.

    In December 1971, Jackson resigned from Operation Breadbasket after clashing with Rev. Ralph Abernathy and founded Operation PUSH. Jackson founded the National Rainbow Coalition in 1984 which merged with PUSH in 1996. The combined organization keeps its national headquarters on the South Side of Chicago

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow/PUSH

    My first guess now is that this is about Jackson or some community activist bunch deciding they didn’t want Smollett charged for their own reasons. Like I said, as soon as they see it as a black vs. white issue, all other considerations go out the window–and the social justice warriors on the South Side of Chicago see everything as a black vs. white issue.

    1. Forgot the link on the first quote:

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/pr…..553615207?

    2. “Why would working for a political organization like the Rainbow/Push Coalition considered community service by anyone?”

      Because Chicago?

    3. Reverse the colors and somehow they wold be asking for the death penalty.

      Michael Flynn wishes he got some of this love

  43. “If the actor was involved?something that still seems likely?the best remaining option for bringing him to trial is the FBI’s investigation of the threatening letter he received in the mail.”

    No, if the actor committed a federal crime regarding that letter, then he should be prosecuted, if not, not.

  44. There’s no way he could have gotten a fair trial with a jury drawn from MAGA Country. They’re just trying to save money on the inevitable appeals.

  45. Celebrities get special treatment.

  46. Ex-inmate used T-shirt launcher to send drugs over prison fence: cops

    “A just-released inmate is accused of sending a care package filled with drugs, cellphones and headphones flying into an Oklahoma prison yard ? with the help of a T-shirt launcher.

    “The accused bootlegger allegedly used the clothing cannon to shoot the contraband ? which also included meth, digital scales, marijuana and tobacco ? over the fence March 10, forcing the prison to go on lockdown.”

  47. (This might end up at Reason because FIRE and the ACLU are involved)

    Ex-LSU professor’s firing over classroom profanity, sex life discussions affirmed by appeals court

    “Teresa Buchanan, a tenured professor who specialized in early childhood education and trained elementary school teachers, had appealed U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick’s January 2018 dismissal of her civil rights lawsuit.

    “The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Friday with Dick that LSU did not violate Buchanan’s free speech rights by firing her because she was not speaking on a matter of public concern.

    “”We agree with the district court here that Dr. Buchanan’s use of profanity and discussion of her sex life and the sex lives of her students was not related to the subject matter or purpose of training Pre-K-Third grade teachers,” Circuit Judge Jacques Wiener Jr. wrote for a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based court….

    “Dick pointed out in her ruling that the LSU Lab School and schools in Zachary, Port Allen and Iberville Parish had either banned Buchanan from their campuses or requested that LSU not allow her to mentor their student teachers due to her conduct and speech.”

    1. I wonder what the magnet for FIRE and the ACLU is. If 4 of the schools that her students are teaching at have asked that she not be allowed on their campus and not be allowed to mentor their students, that sounds like a pretty firm condemnation.

      The attached article doesn’t give any hints as to what the real issue is, but four different principles agreed on the conclusion that they didn’t want her around their students, so whatever was going on it was enough to get a reaction fro people who are not on campus.

  48. Ordinary Person|3.26.19 @ 4:51PM|#
    “Why? What exactly did I say that was idiotic?”

    OP, there is hardly anything you’ve posted which rises above “idiotic” and most of it gets nowhere close to that level. What makes it obnoxious (or ‘sad’ to dimbulbs ) is your total lack of self-awareness of your stupidity. Suffice to say you are so stupid, you do not realize how stupid you are.
    Someone above suggested you might ask some serious questions and perhaps learn something, but given the depths of your stupidity, it’s doubtful you have any desire to learn anything at all.
    Given your lack of concern for logic, knowledge and the connection between the two, there is no reason to suggest improvement; you are abysmally stupid and proud of it.
    Oh, and fuck off, you pathetic excuse for a sentient human.

  49. This is Rahm, isn’t it?

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  52. “If prosecutors are going to just give up the case, only requiring Smollett to forfeit a small fee and do some community service, it would be insane of him to object.”

    Where do you get the community service part? I’ve seen nothing in the announcement from Kim Foxx’s office that says he’s doing community service. All I’ve seen is where she says he’s done the community great service as a volunteer in the past.

  53. Only question is who got paid and how much.

  54. Fire whoever creates these headlines. Title implies Smollett was declared innocent. He was not lol. They are saying cuz of his service to the community are being dropped. They are not saying it’s cuz he’s innocent. Do better

  55. Well that’s that. Michelle Obama gets what she wants. Wow what a shit show. I mean its ridiculous. If Obama was still president he’d double down and have the feds swoop in to make sure Jussie’s civil rights weren’t violated.

    Yea I can imagine a white guy making up a story that two black guys yelling “kill whitey” attacked him. And then the case just being dropped.

  56. Magats is lying. There has to be a serious problem with the handling of the evidence or the witnesses, or a serious procedure error, that would cause them to lose the case if it went to trial. They’re bailing out on the case rather than have the incompetence of the investigation revealed at trial.

    1. It’s all politics. Nothing more. Protecting one of their own. The evidence is probably fine, but they don’t WANT to prosecute him, so they won’t.

  57. As should everyone. Smollett was lucky because his hoax was terrible, but if he were intelligent enough to pull it off, innocent people may have been charged or falsely convicted. He may very well could have sent one of the oppressed minorities he claims to represent to jail for a long time.

  58. I am mildly surprised at Rahm saying anything. I mean wasn’t his brother a Hillary honcho or Obama or some Democrats with ties to A.G. Fixx? Anyhow, there are dozens of hoax hate crimes in Chicago every year and none of them are ever prosecuted, just as false cries of rape are never prosecuted in blue cities. So Smollett is just another O.J. Simpson, to walk around among us with a smirk on his face like all the illegals who are pouring in as I type and will be voting (golden Pelosi-Schumer guarantee) a straight Democrat ticket in 2020.

    Yes, O.J. will be a qualifying former felon. Count on it in Florida.

    1. “I mean wasn’t his brother a Hillary honcho or Obama or some Democrats with ties to A.G. Fixx?”

      No, Rahm was.

  59. The major and the police sup’ were pissed for several reasons: 1) they heard about this after it was covered by media, 2) the State’s Attorney claimed after the fact that the evidence was solid (so why not go to trial?), 3) Smollett did a speech right after the deal saying he was innocent all along and 4) the case was sealed so they and the general public have no idea why the case was dropped. BTW, the community service was 16 hours of chatting with folks at Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push.

    1. Those would be the same fuckers who covered for Homan Square, Ronald Watts, and Jon Burge. The same rat fucks who have had multiple wrong-door SWAT raids in the last couple of years, recently shoving guns into the faces of people at a child’s birthday party.

  60. And in other news – Chicago prosecutor to appear in cameo role on “Empire”.

  61. I see the mindless Trump sheep that have infested Reason are angry the police state isn’t going after the black guy…

    1. We want to know why the hard working police, who wasted a lot of time on Smollett’s claim of victimhood, were not allowed to face off against Smollett in court and see him sent down for filing a false report.

    2. It is not a crime to attempt to SWAT random Trump supporters.

    3. Rahm Emmanual, Eddie Johnson … mindless Trump sheep?

  62. This INFURIATES ME.

    It’s all politics. Protecting one of their own. Selective enforcement all day long. Right wing protestors defending themselves, on video, from ANTIFA attackers have been railroaded… And ANTIFA people caught on camera doing things that are attempted murder in any sane jurisdiction get let off with 1/100th the punishment anybody else would get.

    That is what this is. This guy being some random schmuck, or god forbid a known non commie, and he’d be spending years in prison. As much as this kind of stuff angers me, I guess we need more blatant miscarriages of justice like these to wake up the morons that are still asleep at the wheel about how corrupt our system has become.

  63. A perfect example of straight white male privilege!!!!

    I mean… uhhh… never mind.

  64. Won’t this guy still be on the hook for the first hoax where he sent himself a threatening letter with powder in it to his work location? As I understand it, that’s a federal issue, and may invoke a terrorism offense. Not sure, but I think if the pushback on this whitewashing (sorry, couldn’t help it) is too great, there may be pressure to ensure that he does time on the federal counts.

  65. “The threatening letter he sent to himself through the mail”
    Fixed it for you.
    And may smollett rot in jail for mail and wire fraud

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  69. Foxx got a $400,000 pay day from G. Soros a while back.

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  71. “Where is the accountability in the system?” asked Emanuel. “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set apply to everyone else.”

    Isn’t that official dogma Emanuel has been pushing on the Outer Party? Identity based rule sets?

    But Emanuel doesn’t really get it. The new leftist activists are increasingly Inner Party. Moreso than even him. You see it in their smirks. They don’t believe in the Outer Party propaganda. They’re all Inner Party now. Power is all that matters.

    I love the cries of terror and dismay of those who fed others to the crocodile, hoping it would eat them last, when it finally turns on them.

    Sounds like Justice.

  72. Brian Pascus, “Jussie Smollett ordered to pay city of Chicago $130,000 for cost of investigation”, CBS News, 28 Mar 2019.

    A lawyer for the city of Chicago said Thursday the city is seeking $130,00 from actor Jussie Smollett as restitution for the cost of the investigation he initiated. Smollett had been charged with 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being victim of a hate crime, but all the charges were dropped earlier this week in a controversial decision made by the Cook County state’s attorneys office.

    In a letter signed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s senior legal adviser Edward Siskel and addressed directly to Smollett, the city claims Smollett’s “false statements” led to police “diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system.”

    CPD is convinced Smollett knowingly filed a false police report and orchestrated the hoax attack and requests payment to the city in seven days “of the $130,160.15 expended on overtime hours” on the case.

    How many real crime victims in Chicago get $130k overtime devoted to their investigations? Not counting the non-overtime costs of police business.

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