CNN reports that a Chicago grand jury has indicted Jussie Smollett on six counts for making false reports. A new special prosecutor wants to bring the actor to justice after previous lawyers backed off the case.
A quick recap:
Officials assigned special prosecutor Dan K. Webb to the case in August. Webb said in a statement that his office “has now completed all of its investigative steps regarding Jussie Smollett, and has made the decision to further prosecute Mr. Smollett.”
Originally, Smollett was indicted in March 2019 on 16 counts of felony disorder conduct. But strangely, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges just weeks later.
Many are suspicious of this timing, considering Kim Foxx is seeking reelection soon.
I ran for Cook County State’s Attorney four years ago because we needed to change criminal justice in our county. Today, I’m officially announcing that I’m running for re-election. We’ve gotten a lot done, and we can’t go back now. pic.twitter.com/0ECV7BRJGH
— Kim Foxx (@KimFoxxforSA) November 19, 2019
“What’s questionable here is the James Comey-like timing of that charging decision, just 35 days before an election, which can only be interpreted as the further politicization of the justice system, something voters in the era of Donald Trump should consider offensive,” the statement from Webb’s office said.
Special prosecutor Webb disagrees with how Foxx’s team handled the case. Webb’s statement continues,
“The CCSAO decision-makers overseeing the Smollett resolution decision have not identified any new evidence they learned of between the time of indictment and dismissal of the indictment that changed their view that the evidence against Mr. Smollett was strong.”
Kim Foxx has admitted to handling the case poorly.
“Truth is, I didn’t handle it well,” she said. “I own that. I’m making changes in my office to make sure we do better.”