The Chicago Tribune reports that the filing by Saani Mohammed–who until recently worked as assistant state’s attorney in Foxx’s office–is the first formal request for a special prosecutor since last week’s decision to drop all charges against the actor.
In his 10-page petition, Mohammed writes that Foxx’s handling of Smollett’s case was “plagued with irregularity” and requested that a special prosecutor be appointed to determine whether the state’s attorney “acted to impede the investigation … concealed evidence, and/or intentionally misled the public.”
The filing also noted “that no written agreement was entered in dropping the charges against Smollett and he was not required to admit any wrongdoing, allowing him to ‘perpetrate the same lie that formed the basis of the crime.’”
The petition states, “Not only was Foxx’s failure to recuse herself improper given that she admitted to having an actual conflict, Foxx has in essence ‘doubled down’ on her office’s decision not to prosecute Smollett and insists that her decision was consistent with prosecutorial discretion.”
Mohammed told the Tribune,“there has to be a way for the public to know that there’s no separate justice system for different classes of people.”
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Chicago police spokesman Angthony Gugliemi said, “The City of Chicago will be sending Mr. Smollett a bill…From a 30,000-foot view, the bill will include the hours, the overtime, the financial costs and the resources that were used” in the probe.
“It was an extensive investigation that required a lot of review of cameras,” Gugliemi continued. “There was technical assistance provided by external agencies, but it’ll likely only include Chicago expenses and not expenses incurred by the FBI and other technical experts we brought in for analysis,” he continued.
Earlier today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Smollett write “I’m accountable for the hoax” in the memo on the check to the city.
“Given that he doesn’t feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the word ‘I’m accountable for the hoax,” said the mayor.
Emanuel said Chicago police are still calculating the costs of the investigation and when it’s complete, he will have the city’s Corporation Counsel bill Smollett and his lawyers.
According to NBC News, Smollett’s attorneys responded in a statement today saying that the Mayor and police owe the actor an apology “for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud.”
“Jussie has paid enough,” his attorneys said.
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Fox 17 reports: Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, said the demand is based on news reports about text messages between Foxx and an attorney [former Obama staffer Tina Tchen] about, according to him, “diverting the case from Chicago police department to a federal investigation.”
Foxx quietly recused herself from Smollett’s case last month and released a statement that she “had conversations with a family member of Jussie Smollett about the incident and their concerns and facilitated a connection to the Chicago Police Department, who were investigating the incident.’”
Email and text message records show that Tchen reached out to Foxx on Feb 1 saying the Smollett family had “concerns about the investigation.”
Foxx wrote to Tchen: “Spoke to Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to (r)each out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get back to me shortly.”
Other messages show Foxx wrote to an unnamed Smollett family member: “spoke to the (police) superintendent earlier, he made the ask. Trying to figure out the logistics.”
The person responded: “Omg this would be a huge victory.”
For the full report, click HERE.
“Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have because of a person’s position one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else,” Emanuel said today.
Emanuel went on to praise the work of the Chicago police: “Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud … It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented],” he continued. “Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”
“[This case] sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll be treated one way and if you’re not you’ll be treated another way,” he said.
Superintendent Johnson said, “Our job as police officers is to present them with the evidence … If someone ever falsely accused me [of a crime], I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy.”
Johnson continued, “At the end of the day it was Smollett who committed this hoax.”
After the charges were dropped, Smollett thanked his fans in a statement outside of the courthouse, saying “I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and world who have prayed for me, supported me and shown me love. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me. Not for a moment was it in vain.”
According to Fox News “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.”
Smollett thanked his fans in a statement outside of the courthouse today, saying “I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and world who have prayed for me, supported me and shown me love. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me. Not for a moment was it in vain.”
According to the Daily Mail, Chicago police chiefs are said to be “furious” with the decision to drop the charges, as they believe they have strong evidence against the actor.
In the alleged incident, Smollett claims he was attacked by two men who poured bleach on him and shouted “This is MAGA country.”
On March 16, Smollett pled not guilty to 16 counts stemming from the incident.
USA Today reports:
One of Smollett’s lawyers, Tina Glandian, entered the plea on Smollett’s behalf. Prior to the arraignment, Judge Steven G. Watkins was assigned to oversee Smollett’s case. Watkins made a small change to the terms of Smollett’s bond, saying he will allow Smollett to travel Los Angeles and New York to meet with attorneys without first formally seeking court approval. Smollett’s next court date was set for April 17.
The actor was indicted by a grand jury last week and the Daily Mail reported that he was “initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 86-page indictment that was returned on Thursday. Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000.”
Smollett was arrested in February after police officially classified him as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett had claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack that occurred in January in Chicago where two men poured a chemical substance on him, put a rope around his neck and said “This is MAGA country!”
His story began to unravel shortly after the alleged incident. Chicago police have since announced that Smollett of paid two other actors $3,500 to stage the so-called attack.