Jussie Smollett charges dropped

Source: The Hill | March 26, 2019 |

Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped charges in their case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

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     EVERYDAY #28604

    Somebody used his/her influence to get these charges dropped. The state attorney’s statement Is all bovine excrement. If you or I perpetrated a hoax and filed a false police report, it wouldn’t matter if we had served as a community volunteer. We would be in the slammer.

    Of course, now Smollett can go around saying he’s been “exonerated.” He hasn’t. And you know others will be encouraged to try similar hoaxes in the future. I didn’t blame the Chicago police for being unhappy with this decision. They and other police departments will have to investigate these stunts, wasting valuable time and resources that could be used on real crimes. If I w ere a taxpayer in Chicago, I would be angry too.

     Woodcutter #28605

    It is hard to believe the prosecutor actually said “we have enough evidence to convict…” but then dropped the charges anyway.

    I’m surprised that I agree with David Axelrod:

    Hate crimes are loathsome. Faking them is insidious and shouldn’t be excused.

     EVERYDAY #28609

    I now hear Smollett plans to sue. Not sure who, but… if I were him, I’d leave well enough alone. As it is, the FBI has been asked by the Chicago police union to investigate, if not this incident, then the alleged hate mail Smollett received. It is widely believed that Smollett composed the letter and mailed it to himself. If so, assuming the feds investigate and find this to be true, Smollett could face some serious federal mail fraud and other charges. And no one with influence will be able to get him off. Such an investigation might reveal a lot of things about Smollett he may not want to be made public. He could end up in the federal penitentiary and lose any civil suit he would be crazy enough to file.

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