Jussie Smollett Indicted Again Two Years After Hoax Hate Crime

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Dominick Dusseault

Zoey McCarty, Staff Writer

Jussie Smollett was indicted by a grand jury February 11 in Chicago, IL by special prosecutor Dan K. Webb on six counts of disorderly conduct for an alleged hoax hate crime back in January 2019. 

Famous for playing musician Jamal Lyon, the son of Cookie and Lucious Lyon of acclaimed tv series Empire from 2015 to 2019. In January 2019 that he was violently attacked by two masked assailants try to choked him and this was a hate crime against Smollet for being openly gay.

“This indictment raises serious questions about the integrity of the investigation that led to the renewed charges against Mr. Smollett, not the least of which is the use of the same [Chicago Police Department] detectives who were part of the original investigation into the attack on Mr. Smollett to conduct the current investigation,” Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian said in a statement to Vanity Fair.

According to sources from Cook County the reason for Smollett being indicated again for alleged hate crime hoax due to state attorney Kim Foxx didn’t properly handle the case in the first place, so Cook County hired Dan K. Webb as special prosecutor to handle Smollett’s case.  

“As a result, the [Office of the Special Prosecutor] sought to obtain all documentary evidence within the CCSAO that would identify prior similar case files that were relied on by the CCSAO that would support this public statement. The CCSAO was unable to provide this documentary evidence,” Webb said in a statement from Webb’s office to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office. 

Kim Foxx released a statement to NBC Chicago after the wake of Smollett’s indictment with many calling for Foxx to resign from her position as state attorney being so close to Cook County’s election for state attorney. 

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,” said Foxx campaign spokeswoman,Claudia Tristán said in a statement.

After everything that happened for the past year with alleged hate crime that Smollett has organized even though he has not made any recent comment about new charges from Cook County about the case. He still maintains his innocence about the whole indictment against him.

 

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