A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate "the actions of any person or office involved in all aspects of" the Jussie Smollett case.
Smollett, an actor, alleged on January 29 that white Trump supporters ambushed him, beat him up, and put a noose around his neck.
The following month, Smollett was indicted for allegedly paying two African American acquaintances of his to stage the fake hate crime assault.
In March, Chicago prosecutors agreed to drop all charges in return for Smollett performing community service and giving up his $10,000 bond.
The FBI announced it would investigate why Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx dismissed the charges and who might have influenced that decision.
Now, a special prosecutor, Chicago attorney Dan Webb, is also looking into that process.
Meantime, Smollett has reportedly doubled down, insisting that every "iota" of his story is true. And Foxx has said she will cooperate with the new investigation.
The following is an excerpt from an editorial about the case in the Chicago Tribune:
What began as an accusation that Jussie Smollett faked a vicious hate crime has evolved into something more: widespread local and national suspicion that someone, or several someones, improperly influenced how the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx prosecuted, then dropped, the criminal case against the actor.
Judge Michael Toomin has appointed a special prosecutor, Chicago attorney Dan Webb, to investigate ― Toomin’s phrase ― the actions of any person or office involved in all aspects of the case. (Continued...)
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