The Washington Post reports:
Prosecutors in Cook County, Ill., dropped charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, an astonishing reversal that came a month after the actor was arrested, charged with lying to police about a bigoted attack and pilloried by Chicago’s top police official on live television.
Prosecutors announced their decision only 18 days after a grand jury had indicted him on 16 felony counts, citing Smollett’s history of volunteer work and two days of community service performed by the actor since his arrest, as well as his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city.
So he got off because he donated $10,000 to the city and did two days community service.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett and his attorneys “chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said: “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. There is no accountability.”
Absolutely right. A shameful decision by the prosecutors.