Jussie Smollett’s Own Actions Prevented Judge From Keeping His Police File Secret

Jussie Smollett’s Own Actions Prevented Judge From Keeping His Police File Secret

Jussie Smollett’s Own Actions Prevented Judge From Keeping His Police File Secret

The move comes two months after Cook County prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against the "Empire" actor.

The 17 charges stem from two interactions Smollett had with police following the attack, and Smollett was hit with one felony count of obstructing justice for each statement, made to investigators, that a grand jury believed was a lie.

Smollett's attorney Brian Watson contended that the "Empire" actor has a right to privacy under various statutes that are afforded to thousands of other people every year, and that the media was allowed to cover the process of the case itself, so the public was not barred from learning any new developments.

Watkins added that "these are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply to be let alone". Chicago now reports that a judge has ruled for the case to be unsealed, after hearing oral arguments from different parties.

"Smollett voluntarily appeared on national television speaking about the incident in detail", Judge Watkins said. And with this ruling, assuming a higher court doesn't overturn it, we'll all be able to see the entire case that the city of Chicago had for its prosecution of Smollett.

"The public is entitled to know what happened and what's happening in this proceeding", media attorney Natalie Spears argued. In addition to what appears to be preferred treatment given to Smollett, a celebrity, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx is now accused of agreeing to lenient sentences in a variety of cases, in the name of a more "progressive" approach to justice.

Watkins is expected to rule on the request to unseal the file at a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.

Foxx then contacted Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, asking him to turn over the probe to the Federal Bureau of Investigation before recusing herself from the case.

Smollett claimed he was doused with a bleach-like substance while out walking in Chicago.

Prosecutors dismissed all charges, though, with little explanation on March 26.

Communications later released to the Tribune showed Foxx had asked police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn over the investigation to the FBI after she was approached by Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.

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