Jussie Smollett Case: Internal Email Has Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Scrambling To Find Similar Dropped Cases

CBS Chicago | 3/27/2019 | Staff
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CHICAGO (CBS)– CBS 2 has obtained an internal email from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding a search for felony cases dropped under similar circumstances to the Jussie Smollett case.

“We are looking for examples of cases, felony preferable, where we, in excersing [sic] our discretion, have entered into verbal agreements with defense attorneys to dismiss charges against an offender if certain conditions were met, such as the payment of restitution, completion of community service, completion of class, etc., but the defendant was not placed in a formal diversion program,” the email states.

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx denied that her office fixed Jussie Smollett’s case by agreeing to drop charges, insisting prosecutors handled the disorderly conduct charges the same way they do in thousands of other low-level felony cases.

According to Foxx, during her tenure since taking office in December 2016, her office has disposed of 5,700 felony cases through alternative prosecution.

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Prosecutors dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett on Tuesday, and he forfeited the $10,000 bail he had posted after his arrest. He also performed 16 hours of community service with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Foxx and First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who oversaw the case after Foxx recused herself, insisted prosecutors would not have dropped charges if...
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