Request for special prosecutor in Jussie Smollett case dropped
A request for the appointment of a special prosecutor to probe the handling of Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has been dropped, according to new reports.
The petition, filed by former Chicago prosecutor Saani Mohammed, was one of two calling for an investigation into the bombshell decision by Kim Foxx’s office to dismiss all charges against the “Empire” star.
Mohammed withdrew the request on Monday — because a similar one has also been filed by retired judge Sheila O’Brien, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“If she’s going to get the result that I’m looking for, I don’t think there’s any need for my petition,” he told the Tribune.
O’Brien has already subpoenaed Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney and her top deputy Joseph Magats, who helmed the case after Foxx announced her recusal. The former jurist also filed a “notice to appear” to Smollett ahead of a hearing in the matter on Thursday.
Foxx has been facing mounting scrutiny after her office abruptly decided to drop all 16 felony counts Smollett was facing in his alleged hoax hate-crime attack.
“Foxx’s conflict in this matter is beyond dispute,” O’Brien wrote in her petition. “Instead, Foxx misled the public into believing that Smollett’s case was handled like any other prosecution and without influence.”
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