Judge Michael Toomin has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate charges against Smollett. The prosecutor will also investigate Kim Foxx’s decision to drop felony charges against Smollett. Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, abruptly dropped all 16 felony counts against Jussie Smollett in March. Smollett had been accused of staging a racist hate crime against himself in January.
Judge Toomin has ruled that the decision to drop the case raised “problematic concerns.” He also said Foxx did not follow proper procedure and should not have had authority over the case. Judge Toomin hopes the appointment of an independent counsel will “restore the public confidence” in Chicago’s criminal justice system. This decision does not mean Smollett will automatically face charges, but his case could be reopened if “reasonable grounds exist.”
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