What a Joke: Jussie Smollett Needs to Do Time for His Crime

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Last month, Illinois State Attorney Kim Foxx announced that she was recusing herself from the Jussie Smollett prosecution because of errors in judgement she made in handling the case. Thus it came as a surprise this week when Foxx’s office made the decision that they were suddenly dropping the entire matter, expunging the record, and setting Smollett free without another word.

This is a guy who perpetrated a hate crime hoax against the Chicago Police Department, Trump supporters, and the entire United States. He used his fame and liberal credentials to turn himself into the latest cause célèbre on the left and, after enough evidence emerged to make it crystal clear that he was the victim of nothing other than his own diseased mind, he’s STILL out there proclaiming his innocence. And because the records are now sealed, he can do so without any fear of pushback from Cook County prosecutors.

Chicago is a haven for corruption – that’s not anyone’s idea of news. But for the corruption to be so bad as to let this high-profile case go without a murmur? That’s pretty damn bad. Like, we need the feds to go into this city and roll some heads bad.

We were prepared to live with the fact that Smollett was unlikely to spend a day in prison. Yes, he did the crime and he should do the crime, but this was Chicago, this was a gay celebrity, this was a black celebrity, this was a critic of President Trump, and the whole nine yards. They would surely find some community service for him to do and that would be that. It’s not a secret that there are separate justice systems for the rich and powerful – especially if they are good little Hollywood liberals.

But we find it very difficult to swallow this outcome, where Smollett not only will escape any punishment for his hoax, he can go out there and continue to say he never lied. He is free to go on ABC News next week and puff out his chest and tell everyone that he was telling the truth from the beginning that he was attacked and nearly lynched in downtown Chicago. He doesn’t have to give the Chicago Police Department so much as an apology, much less restitution for the money and time wasted on his case. That is an unacceptable outcome.

“This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference. “Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

Something stinks. Someone with political power was a little too close to getting some of that Jussie Smollett taint on them, and they made sure that it all got swept under the rug. Citizens of Chicago deserve to know who that person is and why city prosecutors were so willing to bow before them. This is a miscarriage of justice.