We’re all just counting the days that justice will finally be served to Jussie Smollett.
Never have we seen such a high-profile case like Smollett’s resulting in a gross miscarriage of justice since O.J. Simpson’s Trial of the Century in the mid 1990s. All the evidence was there and yet the prosecution dropped the charges against the former “Empire” star anyway.
But Jussie Smollett’s whole world finally came crumbling down in a big way.
The timeline of Jussie Smollett’s infamous case where he accused two MAGA President Trump supporters of violently attacking him on the streets of downtown Chicago, Illinois goes a little something like this…
On January 29th – Smollett claims two men jumped him while yelling racial and homophobic slurs. He calls the police and they show up to his apartment finding him with the noose around his neck. When asked if they could check his phone, Smollett refused.
February 15th – Trajectory of the case shifts. Chicago Police have two Nigerian brothers in custody, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo – both of which worked on Smollett’s show “Empire” (we would find out later Smollett wrote them a check for $3,500).
February 21st – Smollett turns himself in at 5:15 am and was charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report – it ends up being 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
March 14th – Smollett pleads not guilty and plans to go to trial in April.
March 26th – Cook County State Prosecutor Kim Foxx drops all the charges against Smollett if he forfeits over the $10,000 bail and does 200 hours of community service.
Many thought the case was closed at that point but after an anonymous letter from an assistant attorney in the Cook County prosecutors’ office surfaces, it causes many to believe there was collusion going on.
But things take another sharp turn once discrepancies inside the State Attorney’s office become complicated over the case and Judge Steven G. Watkins ordered his files to be unsealed stating the “court cannot credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed.”
So far the only thing released was a Chicago Police officer’s body cam that shows Smollett in his apartment with the noose still around his neck approximately an hour later from what he claimed happened on the streets.
And not only did the city of Chicago sue Smollett for $130,000 for the headache he caused, but a special prosecutor has been assigned to Smollett’s case to do an independent investigation.
High-powered U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was picked to lead the second look at the notorious false report case — including whether new charges should be brought against the “Empire” actor – by Judge Michael Toomin during a hearing.
Judge Toomin ruled back in June the case was rife with “unprecedented irregularities” and needed a special prosecutor to restore the public’s faith in the justice system – determining the entire case was invalidated from beginning to end.
Thankfully, Kim Foxx announced she would recuse herself from the probe because she had exchanged text messages with a member of Smollett’s family allegedly promising to help them.