Charges Dropped in Jussie Smollett Case


Mahle Gangi, Staff Writer

On Tuesday, after facing intense public outrage and being accused of staging the hate crime against himself, all charges were suddenly dropped against Jussie Smollett. Rather than formally indicting him and taking the case to trial, charges were dropped in exchange for Smollett forfeiting his bail and serving community service hours. The State’s Attorney Joe Magats assured everyone this was normal in cases such as this, the court sealed the records, and everyone moved on, or so they thought.

Not only was the decision to drop charges against Smollett met with public outrage, but even the Chicago mayor and police chief expressed their frustrations. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt that Smollett would have been held to a different standard if he was not a popular actor with influence. Smollett’s attorney, on the other hand, has accused the Chicago PD of a “smear campaign” against Smollett and has stated that, “The case is closed. No public official has the right to violate Mr. Smollett’s due process rights.”

After the news broke that the charges had been dropped, President Donald Trump even spoke out about the decision. He tweeted, “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our nation!” No further comments have been made on behalf of the President, the FBI, or the DOJ.