Jussie Smollett may still be on the hook for staging and reporting a hate crime.
Though he once faced 16 felony counts in connection to the alleged crime, the charges were dropped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. At the time, then Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the move, calling it a “whitewash of justice.”
As special prosecutor, Webb would have the power to reinstate the charges.
The controversy derailed Smollett’s acting career. In August he was officially dropped from his role on the hit Fox show “Empire.”
Judge finds no bias from Jussie Smollett special prosecutor
A Chicago judge said Friday he won’t replace a special prosecutor looking into why the state’s attorney’s office abruptly dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, rejecting concerns that campaign money could taint the findings.
The judge’s decision during a hearing came days after the special prosecutor, former US Attorney Dan Webb, disclosed in a filing that he co-hosted a 2016 fundraiser for Kim Foxx and wrote her campaign a $1,000 check during her successful run for Cook County state’s attorney.
Judge Michael Toomin appeared to give no credence to concerns that Webb’s disclosure made his position untenable as head of a politically sensitive investigation that could, depending on his findings, lead to the reinstatement of charges against Smollett.
“There’s no indication,” the judge said, that the 74-year-old prosecutor-turned-star private attorney “harbors any bias … to any party.”
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