All 16 charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped by prosecutors because the most he would have received through prosecution was community service, which he has allegedly already performed.
According to NBC:
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that after reviewing the case, Smollett’s volunteer service and his willingness to turn his bond over to the city, “we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
His family celebrated the decision, saying in a statement that “truth has prevailed and he has been vindicated.”
Conservatives on Twitter haven’t been pleased by this result.
Called it: State's atty said "she was dropping the case because Jussie would have only gotten community service if convicted and she said he has already performed community service so there is no point in prosecuting him."https://t.co/X5K0Mcocwb
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) March 26, 2019
Remember, the Nigerians admitted everything to the Jussie Smollett grand jury
In exchange they received immunity
The facts are not in dispute here
Only the justice is
— Jack Posobiec?? (@JackPosobiec) March 26, 2019
DOJ, step on up https://t.co/2Co6SQbZAT
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 26, 2019
Jussie Smollett getting his 16 felony counts dropped is a prime example of white priv-
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) March 26, 2019
Jussie Smollett Utilizes Tried-And-True 'I Have A Lot Of Money' Defensehttps://t.co/1FOgxqnd1C
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) March 26, 2019
Jussie Smollett: "I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of one drop of what I been accused of."pic.twitter.com/q58uuw9RGJ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 26, 2019
We have a rigged justice system.
It is a sick joke.
There is no such thing as equality before the law anymore in this country!!
— Mark Pantano (@TheMarkPantano) March 26, 2019
If Jussie Smollett is not guilty of filing a false report, there is no such thing as filing a false report
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) March 26, 2019
I was prosecuted to the hilt for an offense for which no American has ever been locked up. #JussieSmollett went scot free without even taking responsibility for perpetrating a racial hoax, a crime involving multiple felonies. What a joke our justice system has become!
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 26, 2019
There are a few takeaways in this story. First, the whole story may never be known now. Chicago police were so confident in their case, this seemed like a slam dunk, yet the prosecution buckled. What happened? Did the evidence dry up? Was it misinterpreted? Or was there some deal-making on the backend? Since this last scenario seems like the most reasonable, getting to the truth on this case is pretty much never going to happen.
What does this say about rich people doing crimes versus poor people doing the same? I’m unaware of a precedent to this exact type of hoax, but one has to believe if a similar series of crimes were committed by someone without the money or influence to get out, they’d be in jail.
Whatever happened, it’s such a disgusting display of incompetence, privilege, or both that it has to make anyone who serves a minute in jail for lesser crimes scratch their collective heads.
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