I am sure that there was, in this case some sort of “agreement” made between some parties…It is, after all, the Chicago Way. Been happening that way since long before my father was born. If it isn’t the Cops, it is the Politicians, or the Unions, or the Judges….Power Brokers make some difficult things happen….For a price.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats said that he thought Smollett was guilty but that ‘based on the facts and circumstances’ of the case and his ‘lack of criminal background’, the decision was made not to pursue the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges that a grand jury returned.
It came after a furious press conference from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson who decried it as a ‘whitewash of justice’ and said Smollett got off ‘scot-free’ because he is famous.
Odd, how 16 felony charges of lying to police and other charges were expiated over $10,000 in bond forfeiture and 16 hours of phantom community service….
(I am sure that that there was more than $10K involved as well)
This is blatant. A terrible injustice. A manipulation of “Justice”. Jussie, for whatever reason, somehow got out of his wrongdoing.
Lots of “influential” people were trying to make Jussie’s misstep go away…apparently, enough people with enough pull were able to make that happen.
And this sort of thing is why I don’t believe that we can trust the integrity of the votes coming out of Chicago either. Politicians, Aldermen, government workers, prosecutors and Judges don’t even TRY to hide their blatant misdeeds and twisting and manipulation of the laws… There is not even shame to keep them in line….most are willing to sell their integrity. One must expect that Kim Foxx and her minion, Joe Magats, are either retiring soon or have been well compensated by someone…
ETA: Good question: Can we whites start rioting and burning and generally commit mayhem since a black man was let off for a crime?