Smollett could finally face justice!
A Cook County, Illinois judge has ruled that a special prosecutor should be appointed to research the alleged hate crime hoax case involving actor Jussie Smollett, which might allow charges to be reinstated against Smollett.
CBS News Chicago reported that the judge made the ruling because “Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had no authority handy [the case] off to her top deputy after announcing she recused herself.”
TMZ noted that the judge “used a nautical metaphor to explain the screw-ups” made by Foxx’s office, saying, “There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship because it floundered through unchartered waters. And it ultimately lost its bearings.”
“Smollett’s case in some ways was truly unique,” Judge Michael Toomin said, consistent with reporter Megan Crepeau. “A case that alleged to are brought and supervised by a prosecutor authorized to serve within the stead of the duly elected state’s attorney but actually who was appointed to a fictitious office.”
Crepeau added: “The special prosecutor may further prosecute Smollett, and if they need ‘reasonable grounds to believe that the other criminal offense was committed … special prosecutor may commence the prosecution of any crime as could also be suspected.’”
Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago local department , tweeted: “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.”