Judge Approves Special Prosecutor to Investigate Actor Jussie Smollett
Cook County Judge rules Attorney Kim Foxx has no legal power to elect her deputy
A special prosecutor has been approved by an Illinois judge to investigate 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett and the decision of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office to drop all charges against him suddenly.
On Friday, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin ruled that after State Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from Smollett's case, she no longer had no legal power to elect her deputy to take it in her stead.
"Although disqualification of the duly elected State's Attorney necessarily impacts constitutional concerns, the unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrant the appointment of an independent counsel to restore the public's confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system," Toomin wrote in the decision.
The special prosecutor will now proceed to investigate Smollett's case and possibly charge Smollett with crimes related to the case.
According to The Washington Examiner: The Cook County inspector general is already investigating the decision by Foxx's office to drop the case. Foxx has agreed to cooperate with the inspector general's investigation.
The Chicago Police superintendent tweeted shortly after the news, "We stand firmly behind the work of detectives in investigating the fabricated incident reported by Jussie Smollett & #ChicagoPolice will fully cooperate with the court-appointed special prosecutor."
In March, Neon Nettle reported Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx could face "20 years in prison" if she's convicted for corruption over her office's decision to drop all felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, according to former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo.
Liberal billionaire George Soros gave $408,000 to a super PAC for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx - the prosecutor whose office dropped all felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett.— 🇺🇸Vote Liberty🇺🇸 (@People4Liberty) March 28, 2019
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Speaking to Laura Ingraham on Fox News Thursday night, Yoo said if Foxx is investigated and charged by the Justice Department for her role in the fiasco, it could lead to lengthy jail time for the head of the nation's second largest prosecutor's office.
Yoo added that, if Foxx is convicted, she could also be "potentially liable" for "mail wire fraud" due to her actions "depriving citizens" of her sworn duty to provide "honest services."
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was outraged following the dropping of 16 felony counts against Smollett.
According to sources from CBS, reporter Charlie De Mar claimed that Johnson is “furious.”
“He had no heads up this was going to happen,” De Mar said.
“I can tell you that Chicago Police are furious over State Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett,” added Rafer Weigel of Fox Chicago.