March 26, 2019

"Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case."

CBS Chicago reports.

ADDED: The Chicago Sun Times reports:
“This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice, and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power, you’ll get treated one way, other people will be treated another way,” [Chicago Mayor Rahm] Emanuel said. “There is no accountability in the system. It is wrong, full stop.”

Ed Wodnicki, the 18th District police commander who oversaw the investigation, called the decision to drop the charges “a kick in the gut." He said the $10,000 in bond forfeited by Smollett “doesn’t come close” to covering the cost in resources and manpower to probe the heater case that drew national attention.“I think the citizens of Chicago should be upset about that... We wasted time and effort on a reported serious, serious crime, to get to the point that it’s a lie? I want reimbursement. I’m a citizen in the city of Chicago. I want my money back... We were absolutely prepared to go to trial. We were rock solid. We were excited to have this case prosecuted”....
Can Chicago prosecute anybody for making a false report now?

190 comments:

eric said...

Hollywood progressive privilege.

Mark Jones said...

Well, we see once more that there is a two-tiered justice system in this country. If you're a well-connected leftist/Democrat, your crimes get ignored or, failing that, the authorities decide not to prosecute you. I'm sure a lot of the cops who wasted their time pursuing his false report are pissed off, but the Democratic machine came thru for him in the end.

Achilles said...

If this isn’t a hoax it is not a surprise.

It was the police who got screwed.

Everyone in the prosecutors office agreed with the goals of the hoax.

We know Democrat attorneys general are generally corrupt and dishonest people who think the law is a tool to gain power.

Just like Democrats in general.

Mike Petrik said...

When Chicago identity politics trumps the cops, sealing the record is called transparency.

traditionalguy said...

Everybody knows he did it. So the fix is in big time.

Don't worry Jake, It's ChiTown.

Drago said...

Charges dropped?

Of course the charges were dropped. Who didnt see that coming?

Lying to law enforcement and attempting to frame republicans and conservatives is completely acceptable and even laudable behavior to the dems%left/LLR's.

At every level.

And its just going to get worse.

M Jordan said...

Police blew it with the check ($$$). It wasn’t for the attack but for training. Too bad. Smollett’s a liar and con man.

Wince said...

Now that is some kinda privilege!

tim in vermont said...

With apologies to Taranto:

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HA HA HA!!!

mockturtle said...

Black privilege.

sbr said...

Yet another lesson in the necessity of "innocent until proven guilty". I wish people would learn this lesson. In Madison, there was the example in the past year of a wrongly accused business owner who allegedly kidnapped and raped a women. Turns out this was an attempted bribery of the business owner. Sometime injustices occur. Until we learn more about why charges were dismissed, I am withholding judgement--as should have been done before this announcement.

Who knows? Maybe it was Nigerian scammers who set him up because he is an insufferable d-bag ;) But until there is a fair hearing and evidence is heard and challenged, we just don't know.

Anonymous said...

Wow, *that* was a quick turn of Chicago Justice™. As soon as Obama's henchmen were tied to this, it was inevitable.

wendybar said...

Good to know that you can now commit a fake hate crime, blame others AND you can get away with it depending on who you know

Bay Area Guy said...

The Chicago way, Baby!

Maybe Jussie can next join OJ Simpson to search for the "real" killers.

Big Mike said...

Not a surprise. Chicago has been owned and operated by Democrats for Democrats since before I was born. What’s a little hoax targeted at supporters of a Republican President among friends?

Amadeus 48 said...

Well, that's a surprise.

I guess those Nigerian guys just made it all up. No wonder Jussie held on to his sub sandwich.

Just when you think relations between the Chicago Police Department and "the Community" can't get any worse, this happens. I guess Jussie's family knows a guy who knows a guy who can get things done. That Mark Geragos is one slick lawyer.

What about the FBI investigation?

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Chicago Police are "Furious"

Gee - I wonder why? Smollet lied and abused the system. I wonder who came to his rescue? A leftwing judge or big money? or both.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Hollywood privilege.

tcrosse said...

So does he get his role in Empire back?

Michael K said...

Mayor's race in Chicago between two blacks women.

Just a small concession to the usual. One candidate hates cops, the other is a lesbian.

Earnest Prole said...

If you can't buy justice in Chicago, you can'y buy it anywhere.

Ironclad said...

OJ now has a rival in the “I’m not guilty sweepstakes pageant”

The burning question is - will Jussie do his best to find the ones that are “really guilty”?


Fernandinande said...

Smollett has a bumper-sticker that says "Honk if you know the real attackers."

Ice Nine said...

FOX reported some official stating that one of the factors was "Smollett's standing in the community." Jesus...

I'm guessing that there are two other factors:

Those two Nigerian brothers were pretty rough around the edges and they couldn't clean them up sufficiently for the witness stand.

Chicago - the likelihood of jury nullification, a la OJ, was immense. Which is to say that getting a completely non-Black jury was of course an impossibility.

wendybar said...

They had to throw a bone to the Democrats who are hyperventilating about all the good President Trump news.

Lucid-Ideas said...

For the sake of the Illinoisans and the nation, ChIraq should be nuked from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

Has Fear Mongrel been exonerated?

Amadeus 48 said...

This is one of those cases where everyone involved--and I mean EVERYONE--has made themselves a laughingstock. I guess I wasn't cynical enough.

The Chicago Clown Car rolls on.

Have you heard? We're broke. Let's build a new $100 million police academy so we can re-enact the movie in real time. This is a dry run for the first scene--the operation that is so bollixed up that we need to build a new college for coppers.

Ray - SoCal said...

+1 - Black Privilege

glenn said...

It’ll take the hoax stories off the front page.

Ipso Fatso said...

He's black, he's gay, he's an actor on a major TV show shot in Chicago and he hates Trump. Checked just about all of the necessary boxes. Bet his career takes off from here. Expect big things from Smollet.

Charlie Currie said...

Well, it's not as clean cut as the headline leads you to believe. He's forfeiting his posted bond and has to do community service. So, not exonerated.

Yancey Ward said...

Why does he have to forfeit the bond? The bond is his money, after all. If you are going to drop the charges, you have to return the bond.

I realize that there never was going to be a conviction in Chicago- it was a hopeless case to win in Chicago- but, still, if you are going to drop the charges, do so properly by returning the bond. The way it was done basically looks like a $10,000 bribe paid to the City Attorney's office in return for a dismissal with prejudice.

Ray - SoCal said...

We definitely have a two tier system of justice. One for the elite, especially Democratic supporters, and one for everyone else.

Epstein, Weinstein, Clinton will probably all escape justice.

All this does is help Trumps re-election, by proving that maga supporters are treated as second class citizens.

What Chicago pols forget, is Trump is not a nice guy, and will use this to show how corrupt the system is.

tim maguire said...

He forfeited his bail. Why?

Astonishing. I wonder what he did to who to get that result. I know it's Chicago, one several blue cities in the US that are basically third-world countries, but, still, how did he piss off the police that badly and still manage to buy his freedom with only $10,000?

cyrus83 said...

Talk about the Chicago DA's office making a fool of itself. 16 indictments always seemed a bit like charge-happy prosecutors going overboard, but dropping everything weeks later can't help making the office either seem irresponsible in bringing the charges in the first place or making it seem like the DA dropped the case due to political reasons/political pressure.

rhhardin said...

The police chief got all the publicity he wanted out of it. It was an obvious hoax from the start and the police knew it too.

Bob Boyd said...

I wonder what Andrew Sullivan has to say about this?

Maillard Reactionary said...

If Superintendent Eddie Johnson resigns in protest, that would be my idea of a "just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case".

Assuming the CBS report is true.

wendybar said...

He paid $10,000 and has community service? How is he NOT guilty?

Bay Area Guy said...

AG Barr will become an even-greater super-duper hero if he charges Smollett with a federal hate crime. Hey, the Feds did this with the LAPD Defendants after they got off from the Rodney King beating.

Mike Sylwester said...

Chicago has been a one-party city for decades.

The political system is called The Democrat Party Machine.

This Machine's main specialty is fraudulent voting, but another specialty is "fixing" parking tickets and other punishments.

Ralph L said...

They figured he wasn't going to grab any pussy, and the only person he's likely to shoot on Fifth Avenue is himself, given his track record.

eric said...

The media in this country is just awful.

I'm hearing the initial reporting is false.

The charges werent dropped, instead, a deal was reached. He will forfeit his $10,000 bond and agreed to community service.

James K said...

From the article: "Sources tell CBS 2 that CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson is furious and that he received no notification about the charges being dropped. CBS 2 is told that he will speak after the police graduation taking place."

Looking forward to that.

hombre said...

Laws are for the little people.

Darrell said...

Lying is a Leftie's birthright.

Speaking lies to power is more effective than the truth.

wendybar said...

Why is it sealed if not for who helped him...aka Michele Obama????

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

A hoax to smear Trump and Deplorables is only bad if it fails. Luckily, SA Kim Foxx was able to turn defeat into exoneration for her gay brotha.

Nonapod said...

It's unsurprising that as a gay black celebrity he'd get special treatment. He resides at an intersectionality sweet spot. It makes him a member of the new Protected Class.

Here's the thing though, and there's no getting around it: The court of public opinion has ruled that he's a heinous individual. And this exoneration looks extremely bad. This will follow him the rest of his life. He'll never be able to recover his reputaion.

tim in vermont said...

They are sending the message that hoaxes should be forgiven if they are for a good cause.

AlbertAnonymous said...

Haven’t read the other comments yet so maybe it’s been said. Apparently the prosecutor dropping the charges is really close to Michele Obama, and the police chief is “livid”.

But regardless, how does this happen? A city police chief gives a press conference showing quite publicly how pissed he is that Smullett wasted so much of the cops’ time and energy. Prosecutors empanel a grand jury. Grand jury issues an indictment including 16 felony counts. And then, lead prosecutor simply drops all charges? 16 felonies? Not even going to try any of those charges? And the judge seals the case?

AYFKM ?

MacMacConnell said...

Jesse must have convinced the judge that his brother did it. Jesse will fuck up again, he's a sick fuck.

OJ fucked up, he should have slit Nicole's throat in Chicago and avoided a trial.

Rick said...

Judge granted a motion to seal the case.

Remember Obama was elected because left wing journalists and a left wing judge ordered his Senate opponent Jack Ryan's divorce records unsealed. He had no right to privacy in his clearly personal matters.

But Smollett attempts a race driven fraud - clearly a public matter - and the court agrees to seal the record? Are you kidding me?

rehajm said...

Cops hate this kind of fucked up stuff. They also have long memories and are good at legal payback for shit like this. Ask Martha Coakley.

Ice Nine said...

The question is, will the Feds be as "understanding" with the mail fraud/white powder terrorism deal as the local hacks were with the Subway caper?

Mike Sylwester said...

The proposed anti-lynching law championed in the US Senate by Kamala Harris and Corey Booker would give jurisdiction to the US Federal Government whenever two or more people attacked someone because of racist or anti-homosexual motives.

I suspect that Jussie Smollett's main motive for his hoax was to help justify this proposed law for Senator Harris and Senator Booker.

Since the Democrat Party needs to maximize Black voting in 2020, the Democrat Party cannot back off from the anti-lynching law. Therefore, resolving the prosecution of Smollett was a requirement of national importance for the Democrat Party.

The Democrat Party intends to make a big issue of the anti-lynching law in the 2020 election and cannot afford for the Smollett prosecution to continue into 2020.

Wilbur said...

There's no clue of this in the article, but I suspect he was offered and accepted a pre-trial diversion program for first offenders.

Outrageous? You bet.

nob490 said...

And some people are hoping that Obama gets asked some tough questions. As if.

Michael The Magnificent said...

I hope Smollet never has a legit reason to dial 911.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Remember- when you commit a crime and you are on the left, you get a pass.
That's how it works in our banana republic.

Mattman26 said...

I guess the justice system is all about helping your friends and punishing your enemies. I gotta get used to that; I used to believe it was for something else.

virgil xenophon said...

"I TRY to be cynical, but I can't keep up."

--------------Lilly Tomlin, great political philosopher..

Ken B said...

The American Justice system is hopelessly corrupt.
It is clear that Smollett is guilty, in part because the agreement to forfeit the bond looks like an admission of guilt.
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smartsy said...

What about the FBI investigation of the letter that was sent with the white powder to the set of Empire?

Sam L. said...

This merely increases such frauds, and not so "merely".

stlcdr said...

And of course it would go to trial, with a jury of black people who experience racism every day.

Why wouldn’t you find him not guilty of making up something which is true?

Dave Begley said...

More tribalism by the leading tribe in Chicago.

Expect a long, hot and murderous summer in Chicago. Why should the police arrest anyone if the politicians let the crooks off?

Jesse Jackson might be involved in this.

Wondering if the US Attorney can file charges for a federal crime. Mail fraud for the fake ransom note.

Mr. Groovington said...

However, Avenatti minus Smullett is net positive.

Ned said...

It was a solid case, but the Prosecutor can drop any case they choose to (Prosecutor's Discretion). Since Foxx become SA for Cook County, it has become increasingly common for the ASAs to tell the Detectives that they won't approve felony charges because they don't want to give somebody a criminal record. The Police can get an override, but the case won't go anywhere, the ASAs always kill override case in court later on principle.

Smollett has some powerful friends, and many of them are friends with Foxx. There was a lot of interference during the investigation. They had to charge the case because the evidence was so solid and because of the publicity, but they were looking for a way to kill it.

Smollett forfeited his bail of $10,000 (same as a $10,000 fine). The justification is that it saves the cost of a trial.

The worse part of this is that the records are now sealed. Which is a shame because those records show beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett orchestrated the whole thing.



Humperdink said...

Exonerated ...... er ..... charges dropped, you say??????

I want to see the underlying evidence. All of the interviews. All of the videos. All communications between the DA's office. All of it.

Mattman26 said...

And by the way, it was reported weeks ago that Kim Foxx was recusing herself from this case. I guess it was a Loretta Lynch-type non-recusal recusal.

Ken B said...

Innocent men don’t want the record sealed. Innocent men want their innocence seen.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Avenatti and Foxx taking one for the team - trying to create a distraction to lessen the impact of the Mueller report.

Ken B said...

RELEASE THE MUELLER REPORT! Seal the Smollett report. RELEASE THE MUELLER REPORT!

policraticus said...

So, from this determination may we can infer that there could still be a group of MAGA hat wearing racist, homophobic Empire fans roaming the streets of Chicago in the wee hours of the morning, armed with bleach and ropes for tying nooses, looking to beat and verbally harass those they deem insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump, but nevertheless leave their Subway Sandwiches unharmed?

Ok.

Hope the CPD has time to search for these miscreants in between failing to stop all that murdering.

eric said...

Rick said...
Judge granted a motion to seal the case.

Remember Obama was elected because left wing journalists and a left wing judge ordered his Senate opponent Jack Ryan's divorce records unsealed. He had no right to privacy in his clearly personal matters.

But Smollett attempts a race driven fraud - clearly a public matter - and the court agrees to seal the record? Are you kidding me?

3/26/19, 11:12 AM


Wouldnt it be funny if it is the same judge?

gilbar said...

Humperdink said...
I want to see the underlying evidence. All of the interviews. All of the videos. All communications between the DA's office. All of it.


I WANT TO KNOW! DID THEY SAY THAT THEY COULD OR COULD NOT EXONERATE??

Not filing charges, without explicitly saying that they could Exonerate IS THE SAME as a guilty verdict

whitney said...

Black privilege

Ironclad said...

The cynic in me says this smells of the Obama's touch - since the CBS story indicates a connection to them in the Prosecutor's office. It also fits his mode of operation too - sealed court records to shut down inquiry.

This seems like the perfect foil to the Mueller exoneration of Trump. "Why Jussie was cleared in a Court - why don't you believe that"? So now Trump and Jussie are both innocent or else you are being prejudiced to not "accept" the wisdom of the legal system. And if Jussie is guilty - well why should I believe Mueller?

It's Chicago Style Politics by the old master of the smear.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Like Donald Trump, Jussie Smollett has been exonerated, because spewing nonsense in the media is perfectly legal.

Ken B said...

We have a law prof here. I assume a prosecutor's discretion is pretty privileged, but could someone file for mandamus here, at least in theory? That might be interesting in getting stuff out into the open.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

In addition to the hoax attack in the street, there was also a white powder mailed to the Empire set.

That right there is federal. I hope it is pursued with all due vigor.

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

Jussie Girl is Hussein Obama and Dawn Lemon's boof baby, so Rahm protects him. I'm not sure which butt birthed him.

gspencer said...

Black privilege. Foxx in henhouse.

Ralph L said...

Brings to mind that Seattle dying video posted yesterday. The police arrest miscreants and nothing happens.

In the British cop shows, even cold-case murder investigations use dozens of people and copious resources, while their street crime and burglary are rampant. CPD seems to do the reverse, and the city gets all three types.

Surprised no one went for the limp limp wrist slapped quip.

William said...

There might be a perfectly innocent explanation for all this. Well, innocent of racial politics. Perhaps Jussie had documented romantic interludes with Democratic politicians and indicated to those politicians that he was going to ask those politicians to be a character witness for him at the trial. In any event, this is the kind of deal that's bound to invite malicious speculation.

Howard said...

""Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case.""... deplorables hardest hit

Matt said...

#GayBlackPrivilege

If people expect the current state of affairs to be resolved without violence they are fooling themselves. Its simply a matter of time.

Not that I support that. But people like Brenton Tarrant aren't born in a vaccuum. It is not craziness that motivates them. It's the powerlessness of the many vs the corrupted power of the few.

mockturtle said...

Yancey observes: The way it was done basically looks like a $10,000 bribe paid to the City Attorney's office in return for a dismissal with prejudice.

Um, yeah. But we know that would never happen. Not in Chicago!

PB said...

Jussie registered nolo contendere that's the only reason he forfeited the bond and was credited for community service, though past community service should not have counted. The sealing of the proceedings seems improper and highly suspect, but I suppose enough money was spread around to the right people.

Interestingly, everything Jussie said is technically true. He was attacked by two men he couldn't identify and they yelled racist things, poured a liquid on him put a rope around his neck and said this is MAGA country. Of course he paid them to do it and they wore masks so he couldn't be absolutely sure if they were really the brothers he paid.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Talk about privilege. He agreed to forfeit his $10k bond and the DA figures that's good enough to drop 16 charges. The guy committed multiple felonies, they have evidence of that, but a $10k fine is all the DA thinks is appropriate.
The rules are different for the "good" people. Black, gay, rich actors who are vocal Progressives are "good" people. God help anyone who's not good and commits the same crimes!

Martin said...

No mention in the linked report how when the whole Smollett story was falling apart, the Obamas reached out to the Cook Co. State's Attorney (Kim Foxx) via Tina Tchen, Michelle's Chief of Staff as First Lady and before that a senior counselor to the President, to get her to have the investigation moved from Chicago Police to the FBI--for no apparent reason. That didn't happen (no reason for it and no basis for FBI jurisdiction, but the Obamas had made their interest known. When the Obamas reach out and touch a black elected official in Cook County, using a fixer as personally close to them as Tina Tchen, you better believe the message comes through loud and clear.

This stinks to high heaven, but as it's the Obamas acting corruptly, we will never hear another word of it.

David Begley said...

When the guilty go free because of their political connections, race, religion or sexual preference, we become a lawless nation.

Tank said...

wendybar said...

He paid $10,000 and has community service? How is he NOT guilty?


Exactly.

If he's innocent, why is he paying $10,000.00?

Charlie Currie said...

Rick said: ... "But Smollett attempts a race driven fraud - clearly a public matter - and the court agrees to seal the record? Are you kidding me?"

This is to cover up what he plead guilty or no contest to.

Not exonerated.

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Wow. Rahm Emanuel is standing with the cops. That's a surprise.

Bob Boyd said...

You know, it was just bad luck that Smollett was beaten up by his confederates instead of by actual MAGA hat wearing Trump supporters anyway, so...

Jim at said...

When the authorities fail to do their jobs, don't be surprised when the citizenry steps up and does it for them.

Michael K said...

And Blago is still in prison. His wife will be cruising the streets looking for Kim Foxx.

Scott M said...

No mention in the linked report how when the whole Smollett story was falling apart, the Obamas reached out to the Cook Co. State's Attorney (Kim Foxx) via Tina Tchen, Michelle's Chief of Staff as First Lady and before that a senior counselor to the President, to get her to have the investigation moved from Chicago Police to the FBI--for no apparent reason.

I thought the FBI was involved because of the first attempt at notoriety, using the US Postal Service to send himself threatening mail.

Jim at said...

I hope Smollet never has a legit reason to dial 911.

Actually, I hope he does.

Bay Area Guy said...

Keep track of which Democrat politicians are SILENT about this legal travesty.

Rahm Emanuel sez:

"I want to say one thing. This is not on the level. It's not on the level, but I also want to say I want to emphasize what the superintendent just said. At the end of the day, it's Mr. Smollett that committed this false claim upon two individuals and who also testified, but also on the city. One action, yes, we're looking at the state's attorney. It's not on the level from beginning to end and there needs to be a level of accountability throughout the system, and this sends an ambiguous message that there is no accountability and that is wrong.:

But let's see if anything happens.

ArtM said...

How and when did the bond go down? It was set at $100,000 at the February 21st hearing. Regardless of amount this is at least as bad as the College Admissions payola. From the perpetrators point of view how is it different to pay a bribe to the city (university) or to the fixer?

BUMBLE BEE said...

Do we really need any more explicit examples of democrat corruption? Forget about it Jake, It's Obamatown. FIFY

Amadeus 48 said...

A couple of factual points:
1. The judge who unsealed Jack Ryan’s divorce papers was in CA, where the divorce took place.
2. Jussie has already performed the required community service according to the prosecutors. They have not specified what it was but it maybe his past work standing up for marginalized people.
3. One comment above suggested that we reserve judgment until there is a hearing. The whole point of this deal is that there be no hearing. Case closed, record sealed.
4. This is a seriously bad outcome for this town. It should be interesting to hear the mayor and the police chief have to say, but I bet they are going to blame the leakers in the CPD for ruining everything.
5. Smollett’s lawyer said that the brothers confessed so she believes they committed the attack. She said the state mat have evidence as to motive, but of course the record is sealed.
This is a clown show of the first order. I am going to vote now against Toni Preckwinkle, who is Kim Foxx’s political sponsor

tcrosse said...

"Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case.""... deplorables hardest hit

The Police Commissioner is a Deplorable? Who knew?

exhelodrvr1 said...

Rahm is not happy with this. Steny Hoyer gave a very pointed speech at AIPAC.
(white space privilege here)
More cracks appearing in the Demos structure

tcrosse said...

"Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case.""... deplorables hardest hit

Rahm doesn't like it either. Another deplorable hit hardest.

Christy said...

Wow! Emmanuel and the Chief of Police sounded majorly angry in their presser. Am I cynical in thinking this is all a piece of ensuring Smollett never goes to jail? Tainted jury pool and all that? Emmanuel gets props for saying the right things about elites buying their way out of problems. Isn't he the guy who said never to let a crisis to to waste.

narciso said...

He has done nothing of ths kind:

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/03/my-day-with-snopes.php

Ken B said...

This is an escalation from the Left: an insistence that they can be corrupt out in the open. Watch the media support this, and under the bus goes Rahm.

n.n said...

Rahm is not happy with this.

Public airing of selective, opportunistic is bad for business.

Bob Boyd said...

Chicago is a sanctuary city for race hoaxers now.

Ken B said...

You know the comment “deplorable hardest hit” is really an admission it’s all about identity politics. Smollett has privileges that delorables don’t. Otherwise wh6 would they be hardest hit?

The prosecutor has tacitly admitted as much I think by insisting this is not exoneration and there were no problems with the investigation. If there are no legal issues and no exoneration, why then drop charges? Because of who he is. The prosecutor said that too, when he said there is no danger from Smollett.

traditionalguy said...

The cover up will not succeed. He tried to start a race war on orders from Soros as a distraction from tha Soros funded AntFa Army. That is what must be covered up. But the police realize they are the slaughter targets of AntiFa, and Trump Administration is the only one on their side.

gahrie said...

Once again the Left behaves badly and no one pays a price. CBF roams free, Virginia is still governed by racists and a rapist and now Smollett escapes justice. The Left will not renounce these evil tactics until they are forced to pay a price for them...and no one is forcing them to pay a price.

Bay Area Guy said...

Jussie Smollett is a lying, Leftwing, race-baiting weasel.

Anyone disagree?

Char Char Binks, Esq. said...

Rahm CLAIMS he's not happy about it, but he's a politician.

Chuck said...

Tweet of the Day as noted at The Bulwark, by Christian Vanderbrouk:

"wow Jussie Smollet was totally exonerated."

Under that; "smdh at the Smollett truthers." And under that; "keep the Smollett files under seal because his opponents will never be satisfied."

"Well played" doesn't even begin to describe it.

Chuck said...

I hope that the police in Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Wheaton can handle the protests.

Achilles said...

Can Chicago prosecute anybody for making a false report now?

For @#@%$ sake Ann.

Grow up.

These people are making it clear as day who they are and what they are willing to do to get their way.

Russian collusion? Hillary Clinton took 145$ million dollars in collusion with Russia.

The examples of their evil are legion.

At this point the people who believe the democrat party has good people in it are the ones being willfully stupid.

Achilles said...

""Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case.""... deplorables hardest hit

At this point the term deplorable has expanded to include anyone who believes in the rule of law.

These people are evil.

Rick said...
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Kevin said...

Can Chicago prosecute anybody for making a false report now?

I don't think this precedent applies to white people without high-level connections.

Kevin said...

The real question is this:

What happens if two white guys in MAGA hats attack Jussie with a noose and bleach?

If there is anyone on the planet who can be attacked by two white guys in MAGA hats with a noose and bleach and get away with it, it's got to be Jussie Smollett.

Bilwick said...

I'm sure if, say, Roseanne Barr had concocted a story about being attacked by a couple of Black guys wearing "Booker for President" t-shirts, the court would be equally understanding. Don't you think?

rhhardin said...

Best theory is that it's an outrage designed to steal media attention from Mueller.

Rick said...

"Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case.""... deplorables hardest hit

Left wingers are now in the odd position of arguing claiming people engage in racially motivated violence isn't damaging.

Or they just say anything to attack those they hate. Watching them devolve is educational.

rhhardin said...

Can Chicago prosecute anybody for making a false report now?

There's the $10,000 bond forfeit.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

So a hollywood creep who lied about a serious crime, gets away with it, and the police of Chicago are not happy because they know Smolette manufactured a fake-crime and abused their good will.

And the left call these cops "deplorables"

wow. Keep it up, crap-weasles.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...


What an insane misuse of justice. Even Rahm is furious. Something really smells.

John Ray said...

Justin Smollay's community service: Standing on a corner in breezy city saying: "Hey Bro, got a dime's worth?" Other than that, he didn't just pay $10,000, he had to pay Mooch, his two lawyers, and Mooch's friend who made the phone call to the DA -- so I guess all told it is in the small six figures. To what did he plead guilty? Spittin' on the Boardwalk. Breezy city does not have the Boardwalk, but as the DA says, "the record be sealed, so why you ask, dat don't matter no more?"

Makes me sick.

Michael K said...

Chicago Mayor calls Smollet case a "whitewash!"

Isn't that racists or something ?

Anonymous said...

You wrote: "Can Chicago prosecute anybody for making a false report now?"

Well, only the 'little people', it seems.

Unknown said...

Howard comes out and cheers the prosecutor letting leftists get away with crimes. Open corruption, openly evil, and the left is applauding (along with Chuck, naturally, who is apparently quite delighted the prosecutor has special privileges for race baiters and hoaxers and leftists. Odd, you would think a Republican, as Chuck claims to be, would want the equal rule of law to apply to everyone. But not Chuck! Leftists are allowed to commit crimes with impunity! Hey Chuck, when you are to the left of Emmanuel Rahm... you need to rethink your life).

Leftists should be ashamed for openly calling for laws to not apply to them. If the police and the law cannot touch you... what's stopping the tar and feathering brigades? Rough style country justice.

--Vance

loudogblog said...

Boy, I hope that Jussie doesn't feel so bad that he beats himself up over this.

mezzrow said...

This will garner so much credibility and trust for the system of justice in Chicago.

Republicans are liable to pounce and make a case that "this is what your future looks like without us to protect you."

Imagine that. Racists. (and yes, we DO have racists at work here - just not where the DA is pointing)

tcrosse said...

Now the Chicago cops will have a hard-on for Jussie. He'd better watch his step.

FullMoon said...
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BUMBLE BEE said...

What's everybody upset about? You knew full well Obama would be more flexible after the election. He even told Putin!

Henry said...

So what happens to the Osundairo brothers?

I guess they were never accused of a crime.

Lucid-Ideas said...

Word on the street is that while Chicago's case is dropped, the fake death threat letter is a federal matter and is STILL being investigated by the feds (I know I know...).

This outcome is complete Dogshit.

Trump should get the full weight of DOJ on Foxx and the entire Cook County office. That includes the former Obama admin people that are "good friends of the Smollett family".

Anyone who says this doesn't stink doesn't have a nose.

FullMoon said...

Meanwhile... here's the "community service" Jessie Smollett did. Sixteen hours of minding a bookstore.

I'm Full of Soup said...

The next Superman move will need to remove "....justice for all" from his motto.

Drago said...

Certain LLR's linking to the pro-infanticide The Bulwark again.

Unexpectedly.

Also the fully open borders and pro-MS13 The Bulwark.

Did I mention the pro-socialism The Bulwark?

Well, mea culpa! The pro-socialism The Bulwark!

Bill Kristol (Nov21, 2017): "The GOP tax bill's bringing out my inner socialist."

The Bulwark never stops conserving the conservatism that their lefty billionaire funder likes to see!!!

LOL

Ahoy!!

narciso said...

The rest of the story

https://mobile.twitter.com/RobElgasABC7

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

How do you go from iron clad grand jury and 16 felony charges - to zero.

how does that happen?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Charges Dropped In Jussie Smollett Case."... deplorables hardest hit.”

Howard, that was pretty funny and apt. For days on end that we read about the Smollet case here at Althouse and the numerous comments from deplorables calling for him to be locked up for the rest of his life. How they circled and chomped down on Althouse like sharks who smelled blood when she said Smollet should just apologize.

It’s almost like...karma.

narciso said...

Oh never mind:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/26/kavanaugh-doxx-feinstein-plea/

Amadeus 48 said...

It is interesting to watch Rahm, Supt. Eddie Johnson, and the CPD get played for suckers by the State's Attorney office. I believe Joseph Magats (who took over when Foxx dropped out of the case) is the guy who got the 16 counts from the grand jury. Now he's saying that this outcome is what would have been obtained from a conviction, so it's actually the efficient administration of justice. He must have had a religious conversion.

A few thoughts:
1. Things like this don't happen here for the efficient administration of justice. They happen because somebody leaned on somebody. Who, why, or how I don't know, but this smells like it came from Hollywood, not from Englewood.

2. Emanuel and Johnson were both hung out to dry. This happened on a hurry-up basis like the best-run McDonalds you have ever been in. Jussie was in and out of court in five minutes. Jussie admitted nothing and gave a press conference saying he was innocent and a victim. Magats said Jussie was guilty and got what was coming to him if he had been convicted. This is preposterous. The point of this up until now is to discourage people from engaging in fake hate crimes, so they want the perp to admit guilt and get a sentence that is at least inconvenient. Jussie lost the ten grand he had already paid and got credit for past community service! Lifetime achievement community service! This is like the Hillary Clinton deal. This is more like a hand massage than a wrist slap.

3. Jussie's lawyer Patricia Brown Holmes was the special prosecutor appointed to chase the cops who covered up for Officer Van Dyke in the Laquan McDonald shooting. In a trial before a judge, the cops she charged were acquitted. She has seen how it goes before a judge and before a jury. She didn't need to take a chance on this one. She very cleverly maneuvered this case outside the judicial system: charges dropped, no hearing, record sealed, case closed.

Don't make no waves, don't back no losers, as they say around here.

Oso Negro said...

Chicago needs to establish Jussie Smollett Day. It will be underwritten by Subway and will be a day where everyone calls in a fake race attack.

Scott M said...

I hope that the police in Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest and Wheaton can handle the protests.

There won't be any. The people upset about this decision have jobs to hold down and families to manage. But if they DID protest, they'd probably leave Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Wheaton cleaner than how they found them.

Skeptical Voter said...

I heard that Team Obama was involved in this whitewash. Don't know if that's true or not, but worth looking at.

mikesixes said...

Smollett's hoax incited racial fear and hatred. It could easily have resulted in another Ferguson or Baltimore scenario, where outrage over violence against a black man erupts into widespread mayhem and destruction. Even without triggering a riot, he increased the perception of threat that black kids already feel. His crime was an exceptionally wicked one.

Howard said...

Thanks for fulfilling my prophesy. That's why Trump loves you so: your triggered behavior is predictable.

Matt Sablan said...

Can someone cite to the Smollett decision if they're tried? I know one guy cited to Hillary getting off in his own defense, so, people do try it.

Honestly, I don't know why anyone expected him to face any serious reprecussions.

StephenFearby said...

"Early in our history, judges often informed jurors of their nullification right. For example, our first Chief Justice, John Jay, told jurors: "You have a right to take upon yourselves to judge [both the facts and law]." In 1805, one of the charges against Justice Samuel Chase in his impeachment trial was that he wrongly prevented an attorney from arguing to a jury that the law should not be followed."

So we now we have prosecutor nullification (The Chicago Way).


Recent John Kass tweets:

Those who don't know Chicago are amazed by #JussieSmollettHoax fallout and the mayor calling out the state's attorney out for committing a "whitewash." they just don't know #TheChicagoWay . It's not a magical place called Obama Land. It's Chicago.

Do you really want to know what I think about Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropping charges in #JussieSmolett case & Rahm furious about a "whitewash?" and the #Obama celebrity friends connection? Then read my column in @chicagotribune. But I have to write it, first.

In the same thread, StathouseChick:

Apparently it is MAGA country after all. Make Arrests Go Away.

Francisco D said...

Forget about it, Jake.

It's ChiTown.

Matt Sablan said...

Speaking of people getting off without any consequences for their actions:
https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/26/kavanaugh-doxx-feinstein-plea/

Just accept that the rich and powerful have different rules than you and me.

The Gipper Lives said...

Another day, another crooked Democrat prosecutor.

Michael K said...

<a href="https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=13350456&postID=7473933723679444776> Second City Cop, a CPD unofficial blog</a> is over 320 comments already.

You can imagine what they are saying,.

JackWayne said...

One more straw on the camel’s back. How many more before it breaks? And how many observers will ask “How did that happen”?

PB said...

2 days community service (of his choosing and design) were enough for the judge. Amazing. Usually community service is designated in multiples of work-weeks at something the judge selects.

Chicago, the city on the make. Chicago, the city on the take.

Fernandinande said...

Judge be black.

“This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice, and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power[sic - Smollett was neither], you’ll get treated one way, other people will be treated another way,” Emanuel said. “There is no accountability in the system. It is wrong, full stop.”

rcocean said...

People in Chicago seem to to like their shit-hole. How many murders this year through April? And the liberals in Illinois and Cook county seem to like it too. If they didn't like it, they wouldn't vote the same corrupt Pols, year after Year after Year.

rcocean said...

And yes there is one set of laws for the Liberal elite and another for the rest of us.
See Hillary's emails. See Weinstein. See Smollett. See Diane Fienstein and spygate. See the Berkeley Prof who got off with "anger management classes" after hitting someone with a bike lock. Of course, none of this is new. How many SDS bombers got welcomed back into respectable society?

Inga...Allie Oop said...

“Just accept that the rich and powerful have different rules than you and me.”

Indeed. A timely observation in light of “Trump Troubles”.

narciso said...

omar khadr, the teen gitmo detainee who admitted to shooting us army medic Christopher speer, and was awarded 10 million by Zoolander, also gets away scott free,

Ayers, Doehrn, Boudin, Ruff (the Columbia radical) all of the panther leadership,) after a spell even leaders of the Baader Meinhoff, and Brigatte Rossi figure Tonio Negri, hero of the black bloc,

narciso said...

we'll probably hearing from him in the future


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47700801

Drago said...

"Indeed. A timely observation in light of “Trump Troubles”."

You misspelled Clinton coverup via "Mid-Term Exam"

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

heh.
Matthew S @5:25

Who needs a Russian conspiracy - when you've got actual real disgruntled crazy democrat staffers threatening to release all the e-mails he stole.

Wow.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

"Cosko — a supporter of Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — is the son of an enormously wealthy and politically connected California family with ties to Feinstein. Republicans suggested the California Democrat leaked a letter soon before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing that alleged the Supreme Court justice sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford. (RELATED: I Was A Daily Caller Intern During The Kavanaugh Hearings — I Will Never Forget What I Saw)

The suspect’s father, Greg Cosko, is the CEO of Hathaway Dinwiddie, a massive construction company that built a university building named after Feinstein’s husband. He serves on the board of San Francisco State University alongside Willie Brown, the California politician who said he helped make the career of California’s other Democratic senator, Kamala Harris, with an illicit affair."


Yeah - no corruption there.

Fen said...

"When responsible authorities fail to act, other forms of authority will assert themselves. They may not behave responsibly, but they will act" - Glenn Reynolds

Fen said...

"Indeed. A timely observation in light of Trump Troubles"

LOL. In only 3 days she has convinced herself a 2 year investigation clearing Trump really means trouble for Trump. At a certain point you have to just stand back and marvel at the delusional madness and sheer stupidity of Democrats.

Fen said...

Fixed ?

Second City Cop, a CPD unofficial blog is over 320 comments already.

Ralph L said...

Michael K's link:
Second City Cop, a CPD unofficial blog
Now at 370 comments.
main page

320Busdriver said...

Well, Mayor Rahm thinks its BS too...

Never thought I'd ever agree with him about anything....ever!!

stephen cooper said...

As far as I know, bond forfeiture (google it) is considered a prior conviction in certain contexts.

I am glad they did not try to send him to jail, as Scott Adams said he was not accused of trying to incite hate he was accused of a clownish attempt to get a bigger salary.

William said...

I watched a Wolf Blitzer interview with Kamala Harris. Her answers regarding this case were unintelligible. She had nothing negative to say about Smollet, the State Attorney, or Emanuel but, as noted, her words were mostly gibberish. When it came to Barr and his need to release the Mueller report in its entirety, she spoke with precision and moral clarity.

madAsHell said...

I'm thinking Obama isn't going to get his Presidential Library Tombstone on prime Chicago real estate......or at least they should put bars in the windows.

narciso said...

Just more of the same
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Steinle-parents-can-t-sue-SF-for-refusal-to-13714914.php?utm_campaign=CMS+Sharing+Tools+%28Premium%29&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&fbclid=IwAR2EywcCqWv-35ezLfSJkIV6EICmNothbb8fuSFV8Q1fZD3FcVx_7OOstkE

DeepRunner said...

Let's set aside Smollet's elastic relationship with "truth" for the moment...dude and the clowns that dropped the charges have sealed the deal on the following:

* No one will ever believe that rich, liberal, and famous don't get the law their way (I wonder if Aunt Becky or William Macy's desperate housewife are taking notes)
* No one will ever believe that there wasn't some sort of shady stuff going on that led to this outcome
* No one will ever hear about hate crime and not think about this case

Smollet...OJ for the Millennials...

Ned said...

Chuck could you explain why you think "well played doesn't even begin to describe it"?

The following information is publicly available:
Smollett says that he was attacked late at night during a polar vortex.
Smollett identified the Nigerian brothers as his attackers from surveillance video of the street. He stated that he was 100% certain.
The Nigerian brothers are captured on store surveillance video buying the rope, bleacher, etc.
The clothes used in the attack, bleach, etc. are found in the Nigerian brothers house.
The Nigerian brothers give a full confession that Smollett orchestrated the scheme and paid them for their participation.
Police obtain search warrant for Smollett's phone records showing multiple communications with the brothers around the time of the staged attack.
Smollett pays the brothers with a check for their services.
Smollett is indicted for 18 felonies before a Grand Jury, the Grand Jury determined that all 18 of those charges had merit and that Smollett should be charged.

How exactly was that "well-played" by Smollett? What is a "Smollett-truther"? Why do you think that Foxx dropping the case despite the over-whelming evidence was the correct decision? Do you think that the Rule of Law is a bad thing? What benefit do you think is provided by staging fake hate crimes?


Ray - SoCal said...

Second city cop blog is up to 517 comments.

Interesting questions there why.

General feel is Obama related, but may be a distraction fro a cop shooting by somebody that should have been in jail.

Unknown said...

And a democrat. You get off.

Richard said...

Liberals: Divorced from reality

Meade said...

If I Did It: Confessions of the Hate Crime Hoaxer

(Find it on your library shelf filed by author S-T: SMOLLETT; right after SIMPSON)

Anonymous said...

CWB Chicago has FOIAed all of the detective reports and posted them on their blog. The reports are redacted (witness names removed) but still easy to read.

Nichevo said...

narciso said...
Oh never mind:

https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/26/kavanaugh-doxx-feinstein-plea/

What if PDT, or AG Barr, want to, have ever, or had ever wanted to disappear a guy this way?

I'm trying to think of an analogous case. For argument's sake, if General Flynn had actually been detected in the act of betraying the country to the Russians (!), had been clapped in irons, and sent to a black site, his real or accused crimes suppressed as is being done in this case, for how long would President Trump have gotten away with that?

Alternatively, is that what they expected, is that the kind of thing that they want to see him do? Would they be happy with him then?