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March 26, 2019

All Charges Against Jussie Smollet Dropped. Sentenced to Community Service Only.
KIM FOXX, ALREADY ACCUSED OF DOING FAVORS FOR JUSSIE, DOES ONE MORE FAVOR.

Sorry for the stompenating -- I'll bump the Morning Rant back to the top in a bit. But everyone's going to be talking about this, so might as well make it official.

Listen: There are no legal consequences for filing a hoax report of a hate crime.

None. Zero.

If you're in a Protected Class, you can break the law to "raise awareness" to your heart's content.

Jussie Smollett will not be prosecuted for allegedly faking a racial attack, because all charges have been dropped!!!

Jussie and his lawyers ran to court Tuesday morning in Chicago, where he was facing 16 felony counts of lying to police in the alleged racial and homophobic attack.

Jussie will surrender his $10,000 bond. We're told he has agreed to perform community service. But that's it. The case is over.

TMZ claims the prosecution case "disintegrated" because the check Smollet paid to the brothers can't be proven to be in exchange for participation in the hoax, but can be claimed to be for workout coaching.

This "reporter" quotes this statement, which I'm going to assume is from Jussie Smollet's fixers, though it's not identified as such.



Here's an alternate possibility: The friends who called in to the Chicago DA's office to get special favors for Jussie got a new favor.

The head of the Chicago Police union has previously called for a special investigation into the Cook County State's Attorney.

Last week, the president of the Chicago police union asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx interfered in the police investigation of Empire star Jussie Smollett. Further reporting suggested Foxx may have interfered after receiving a text from Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama.

"It seems a totally inappropriate thing to do, to ask a prosecutor to get involved in a case that early on," Martin Preib, 2nd vice president at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), told PJ Media on Friday. Tchen urged Foxx to bring the FBI into the case on February 1, three days after Smollett claimed to have been attacked in a racist hate crime.

...

Foxx had recused herself from the case, but Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Kevin Graham demanded an investigation last week.

Graham sent a letter to U.S. Attorney John Lausch, asking for an investigation into Foxx's interference in the Smollett case and her role in several exonerations of convicted killers.

"Such conduct merits a review by your office. Private attorneys are not allowed to interfere with ongoing police investigations, particularly at the request of private individuals associated with subjects being investigated by the police, in this case, a subject later determined to be the offender, not the victim," Graham said in the letter.

"According to the media reports on public documents, one of Smollett’s relatives was communicating with Ms. Foxx about her request to transfer the case to the FBI," he added. "Ms. Foxx ultimately recused herself from this case as a prosecutor based on those communications with relatives of Jussie Smollett. That recusal is wholly insufficient. In order for Ms. Foxx to properly charge and try this case, her entire office should have recused itself and a special prosecutor been appointed."

The request for the DA to get involved was, obviously, an attempt to get the police to focus on finding the "real attackers" and not spend as much time wondering if Smollett's story was true, obviously.

Special government favors for special government friends.

UPDATE: POLICE SUSPECT KIM FOXX IS DOING FAVORS FOR A FRIEND! TMZ has updated, and yeah, it's all about Kim Foxx.

We're told the State's Attorney, Kim Foxx, told Chicago police she was dropping the case because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted and she said he has already performed community service so there is no point in prosecuting him. We could not find any record of Smollett doing community service.

We're told Chicago police are "furious" and feel something untoward is going on with Kim Foxx.

Sooo...

Kim Foxx is offering you a buffet of explanations: Either they can't prove what the check was intended to pay for or Smollett's already done the community service work he would be sentenced to serve so why bother noting he broke the law at all?

When someone gives you several explanations and invites you to choose the one you find the most plausible, you know that person is telling the truth.

Update: This isn't new news, but I missed it: Commenters are underlying the records in this case have also been sealed. As if the people involved were minors.

So now with the records being sealed, there is less risk of digging into the case and further negative stories about Smollett -- or Foxx.

We'll see if any annoyed cops want to do some unofficial unsealing.

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