Smollett was the actor known for his role in Fox’s “Empire.” For filing a false police report Smollett were brought. He did this after claiming to be the victim of a racially-motivated attack.
Special prosecutor appointed
A former U.S. Attorney, Dan Webb, has been appointed special prosecutor. His swearing in was Friday. The appointment was just made by a Chicago area judge, Michael Toomin. The charge of the special prosecutor is investigation of the Smollett hate crime hoax case.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Judge who appointed Webb determined in June, “the entire Smollett case may be legally invalid from start to finish…” Webb has not offered a timeline for his investigation.
Actions of the State’s Attorney
State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the investigation in April. She made the decision for texting members of Smollett’s family. When she did so, she appointed a top deputy from her own office, to take over. That series of events prompted Toomin to search for a special prosecutor.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Webb has a series of three goals: The prosecutor will determine if anyone involved in the case engaged in any wrongdoing. That includes everyone from the initial investigators to Smollett himself. He will determine whether to further prosecute the actor. And finally, he will submit a written report of his findings.
Webb’s investigation may include “a full-blown probe” of Foxx’s decision. She decided to drop all charges against Smollett as The Chicago Tribune reports. Foxx’s office argued against the appointment of a special prosecutor.
Despite the scandal, the Cook County Democratic Party Organization has endorsed her. She is running for re-election, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.