In the latest twist in a bizarre Chicago “hate crime” investigation, a judge has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate actor Jussie Smollett, and it is possible that he could once again face criminal charges.
“The special prosecutor may further prosecute Smollett, and if they have ‘reasonable grounds to believe that any other criminal offense was committed … special prosecutor may commence the prosecution of any crime as may be suspected,'” The Chicago Tribune’s Megan Crepeau reported from inside the courtroom.
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) June 21, 2019
Judge Michael Toobin reportedly ruled that when State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx recused herself from the Smollett prosecution, she did not have the authority to choose her replacement. But she did choose her replacement, First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who dropped all charges against Smollett.
Foxx has high-profile connections within the Democratic Party, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Smollett himself was friendly with the Obama family.
Initially, Smollett claimed that he was the victim of “hate crime” in which two men beat, strangled, and poured bleach on him, while yelling “This is MAGA country” in in the middle of Chicago. Upon investigation, police found that two Nigerian brothers with whom Smollett was acquainted were allegedly paid to carry out the hoax. As a response, Smollett was charged with 16 felonies.
The charges were mysteriously dropped weeks later, sparking outrage from the Chicago Police Department.
The former star of Hollywood hit “Empire” has been written off the show’s final season.
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BREAKING: Roger Stone is a Free Man, President Trump Commutes Sentence
The story is developing.
On July 10, 2020, commentator John Cardillo reported that conservative operative Roger Stone received a commutation of his prison sentence from President Donald Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 10, 2020
Over the past few days, President Trump has considered commuting Roger Stone’s sentence a few days prior to his report to prison.
Stone is expected to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia by July 14 where he will serve out a three year and four month prison sentence for allegedly lying under oath to U.S. elected officials during the politically contrived Russian interference investigation.
Trump has had a relationship with the Republican political operative for decades.
For some time, Trump has discussed the potential of commuting Stone’s sentence.
When asked by reporters earlier on July 10 about reports of his plan to pardon Stone, Trump remarked, “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”
Reuters reported that back in November 2019, a “Washington jury convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness.”
The same report added that “Stone was convicted for lying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that released damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were stolen by Russian hackers.”
Stone’s commutation, while not a full-blown pardon that erases his conviction, is a solid victory for the Rule of Law.
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