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Judge Orders Special Prosecutor To Consider Re-Charging Jussie Smollett

A Cook County judge ruled Friday to appoint a special prosecutor to review State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case. In his ruling Friday, the judge questioned Foxx’s decision to appoint a deputy to oversee the Smollett case, saying that she did not have the authority to do so. The decision means that a special prosecutor could now decide to re-charge Jussie Smollett all over again, putting the actor back at square one.

Smollett was accused of staging an attack on himself in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood in January. Police and prosecutors said Smollett orchestrated the attack with the help of two brothers. One brother was an extra on “Empire” and the other was Smollett’s personal trainer.

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All charges against Smollett were dropped in late February in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond payment. That decision is already under a separate review by the county’s inspector general.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement, “We stand firmly behind the work of detectives in investigating the fabricated incident reported by Jussie Smollett & #ChicagoPolice will fully cooperate with the court appointed special prosecutor.”

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