Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
In a shocking turn of events, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it will not be prosecuting Jussie Smollett, who was previously accused of faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago.
Fox News reports that the judge granted a nolle pros, which essentially means that the case has been dropped and that he will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crime.
It’s unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with prosecution.
Smollett previously pled “not guilty” to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged incident in which he claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, “This is MAGA country.”
His lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the plea on Smollett’s behalf just hours after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned the case.
“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.
Jussie was attacked by two 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 judgement.
Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions.
This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.
That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”
Charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped by the state and his record has been wiped clean. pic.twitter.com/lHpLvBGc3S
— ???????????????????????????????????? ???????????????? (@WashNews) March 26, 2019
I told you what would happen in the Jussie Smollett case.
Cook County is like D.C.
There isn't any rule of law there.
It's all about targeted prosecutions and non-prosecutions. pic.twitter.com/8dXPtTg0Cn
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2019
All 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped.
Now THAT'S some privilege. #ChicagoPolitics
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) March 26, 2019
Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.”
Anne Kavanaugh, the crisis manager the actor hired, said Smollet is 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 judgement.”
It should be noted that the 2 ‘attackers’ were black.
Smollet isn’t out of the woods yet- there is still a Federal investigation being conducted by the FBI in which if he is found guilty he could be looking at years behind bars.
Chicago- Jussie’s kind of town…