On July 31, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin rejected a bid from Jussie Smollett to reconsider his decision to appoint a special prosecutor in the controversial case against the embattled actor, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Toomin denied a request from Smollett's attorneys to have the matter heard by a different judge, and then said they were too late to intervene at all. The judge agreed to appoint a special prosecutor more than a month ago; however, he has not yet announced his choice for the post.
Smollettwho is African American and openly gayreported that two men attacked him Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago, slipping a noose around his neck as well as shouting racist and homophobic slurs. However, the actor was eventually indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct alleging he paid $3,500 to two brothers he knew to stage the attack. However, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office suddenly dropped all charges with little explanation a few weeks later.
The Tribune article is at www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-jussie-smollett-special-prosecutor-20190731-55y3uftembhgdiegapkdr4ygmi-story.html .