If Smollett wanted to prove he was innocent, he would have let his case go to court. Police: Jussie Smollett faked hate crime for pay raise. Police have evidence and now it will never be seen in court. However, a lot of it is on the internet. Despite the evidence, Smollet says he is 100% innocent and a victim. Jussie Smollett will now get the pay raise police told us about which will only add to his delusions.
Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois dropped charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, leaving those who have followed the case with a lot of questions. Prosecutors made this decision after Smollett was recently indicted on 16 felony counts, agreeing to have the case sealed. At the same time, prosecutors said that Smollett volunteered to forfeit his $10,000 bond and perform community service.
Law&Crime Network host Bob Bianchi, who was once the chief prosecutor in Morris County, New Jersey, questioned the decision-making of the local prosecutors.
“I think prosecutors caved to the court of public opinion and gave the case away,” Bianchi said, calling the dismissal “a sickening abuse of prosecutorial discretion.”
The public will not be able to learn more details about the case, due to it now being sealed. In Illinois, if a case ends without a conviction, the defendant can request that the record be sealed immediately so no one can see it. Illinois’ Criminal Identification Act says cases “resulting in acquittal or dismissal with prejudice … may be sealed immediately if the petition is filed with the circuit court clerk on the same day and during the same hearing in which the case is disposed.” READ MORE