Some major discoveries occurred Thursday in the ongoing saga of disgraced actor Jussie Smollett when officials were ordered to release documents that had previously been sealed from the public.
As reported by CWB Chicago:
The Chicago Police Department on Thursday released the “electronic record” of its investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s hate crime allegation that determined the TV star faked a late January attack by racist, homophobic, Donald Trump-supporting men with the help of two black bodybuilders from Lakeview who worked as extras on Fox’s Empire program.
Perhaps the most significant revelation in the hundreds of pages of lightly-redacted documents is a detective’s report in which a Cook County prosecutor is said to have told officers to stop investigating the case and then predicted how the case would be resolved—weeks before it happened.
“Once Smollet was indicted by the Grand Jury on February 28, 2019, CPD was informed by the [Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office] that they could no longer investigate” the fake hate crime case, a detective wrote in a report that closed out the case on Mar. 28th.
The detective the prosecutor who handled the Smollet case, Risa Lanier, told him on the day that a grand jury indicted Smollett that her office would need all evidence by Mar. 11th.
Yet, in the same meeting, “Lanier informed detectives that she felt the case would be settled with Smollett paying the city of Chicago $10,000 in restitution and doing community service.”
Sounds a little suspicious, doesn’t it? Even more suspicious has been the behavior of Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx.
As reported by CNN:
When Foxx in April stepped aside from the investigation of an alleged hate crime, she said it was out of “an abundance of caution.” Her office said the move was intended to address potential concerns of impartiality “based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case.”
The 2,000 pages of newly released documents from the prosecutor’s office included text messages in which Foxx sheds light on the controversial decision, writing that she was responding to talk about her connection to the Smolletts.
The office’s former ethics officer, April Perry, recommended that Foxx recuse herself, Foxx said in a text.
“April told me I had to do it. There were rumors she claims that I was related or closely connected to the Smolletts. I told her that wasn’t true. She said it was pervasive among CPD and that I should recuse. I thought it was dumb but acquiesced. It’s actually just racist,” Foxx said.
Racist? Isn’t that the phrase people throw out when they’re trying to silence people from hearing the truth about a situation?
Perhaps the truth is that she acted very suspiciously on a case where she was supposed to have been recused.
In March, Foxx’s office said she hadn’t “formally” recused herself and had used the term in a “colloquial” sense rather than a legal sense.
Smollett was charged on 16 felony counts that included making a false police report when he allegedly staged what was supposed to look like a hate crime against him.
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