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Judge rejects Smollett request regarding special prosecutor
2019-08-01

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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.

Smollett—who is African American and openly gay—reported 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 .


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