Jussie Smollett‘s case finally came to an end after it first became public in early 2019. The “Empire” actor was charged with falsely filing a report to the police after a staged hate crime attack. Smollett apparently paid off the two men involved in the assault and claimed he was targeted for his race and sexuality.
Chicago leading attorney Kim Foxx was on this case since the onset three years ago. The attorney is currently the top prosecutor in Chicago. The Cook County lawyer is in charge of the second biggest prosecutor’s office in the U.S, with around 700 attorneys and 1,100 employees.
After being accused of meddling in the case, Foxx washed her hands off it but apparently missed a spot because she didn’t ease up her involvement. After the sentence was announced, the attorney released a statement calling the justice system “failed” and saying the entire trial was a hoax and a waste of taxpayers’ money. Here are all the details.
Kim Foxx Said The Justice System Had Failed In Jussie Smollett’s Trial
Foxx recently slammed the justice system for what she claimed was a “kangaroo prosecution” of Smollett hate crime hoax case. The attorney was previously accused of continuously meddling in the case even after removing herself.
Foxx claimed that the justice system had failed just hours after Smollett’s sentence. In her opinion piece for the Chicago Sun-Times, she said, “At its best, our justice system should make people safer, hold accountable those who seek to harm others, and earn the trust of its citizenry. At its worst, the system can be easily manipulated in furtherance of thinly veiled political agendas.”
She added that the entire trial was “damaging, costly and disingenuous” to the actor. She mentioned the story leak to the press and the subsequent investigation in the Chicago police department. Foxx then compared the speed in which the case was resolved to the long wait for justice for murdered black women the state over.
Foxx Said Smollett Was Presumed Guilty From The Onset
In her piece, the attorney said that the actor was presumed guilty from the case’s onset. She claimed that the authorities barely considered whether Smollett was actually guilty of the crime, which Judge James Linn referred to as “astounding hypocrisy.”
Foxx added that the entire case should have initially ended in her office in March 2019 due to the reputation price the actor paid and the $10,000 bond held. She also considered that Smollett was previously never accused of being involved in a violent crime.
The Cook County prosecutor said that the entire prosecution was a hoax and a waste of taxpayers’ money. She added, “Rather than working collaboratively to stem rising crime or free the wrongly convicted, a small group of people hijacked the judicial system to enact what is best described as mob justice.”
Foxx Was Accused Of Meddling In The Smollett Case
The case was initially reported as a hate crime against the “Empire” actor early in 2019. While the police still thought of Smollett as the victim, Foxx exchanged some text messages with the actor’s family friend. The latter was livid concerning the case details leak from the Chicago Police Department.
The attorney went a step further by lobbying the previous chief of police, Eddie Johnson, to shift the case to the FBI to handle. Foxx’s involvement was soon uncovered and painted Smollett as the suspect in the situation. In response, she recused herself from the case but still interestingly continued to meddle.
The State attorney directed deputy Joseph Magats to disregard the grand jury recommendation, which charged the actor of lying over 16 times. The deputy later entered a deal with Smollett, which gave the 39-year-old 15 hours of community service and a $10,000 fine to clean the entire case and avoid jail time. However, this all came to naught when a different prosecutor convicted the actor of lying and set his 150 days sentence in gear.
Jussie Smollett Was Sentenced On Thursday
After being found guilty for filing a false report to the police, Smollett was finally sentenced to almost five months of jail time. In January 2019, the actor told the police that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. The crime turned out to be one he staged and paid the “perpetrators” for.
He apparently paid two Nigerian brothers $3500 to stage a fake assault. The Chicago Judge in charge of the case, James Linn, read out the sentence on Thursday accusing the actor of craving attention which lead him to act in such a manner.
Linn said the actor was “profoundly arrogant and selfish and narcissistic.” He continued, “This was premeditated to the extreme… You’ve destroyed your life as you knew it.” The judge also added that Smollett’s act only served to do damage to “real hate crimes victims.”
Jussie Smollett still claimed innocence even after his sentencing, yelling to the court that he was not “suicidal” and to be wary of what could happen to him during his 150 days in prison.
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