Will Smollett be Re-charged? Chicago Attorney Calls for Special Prosecutor Probe
A Chicago attorney filed a petition yesterday requesting a special prosecutor investigate whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett should be re-charged and whether Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx intervened in the investigation.
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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