Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Jussie Smollett probe

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CHICAGO (AP) | A judge appointed a special prosecutor June 21 to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the county’s state’s attorney, Kim Foxx, mishandled the Smollett case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself.

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Chicago prosecutors drop all charges against Jussie Smollett

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois have dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett. On March 14, Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report. He pled not guilty.

Smollett was summoned to an emergency court hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday where State Attorney Kim Foxx told him that all charges against him had been dropped and his record expunged. Smollett forfeited his bond and the judge also granted a motion to seal the case from the public.

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Smollett now a suspect for filing false police report

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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UPDATE: A Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesperson has confirmed Feb. 20 to the Los Angeles Blade that felony charges have been filed against actor Jussie Smollett. The actor was indicted for filing a false report after a Grand jury heard evidence from Chicago police investigators in connection to the alleged hate-crime incident last month.

Smollett will be charged with Class 4 felony which is punishable with a prison term of between 1 to 3 three years if found guilty.

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Judge will decide on Illinois marriage equality lawsuit next month

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Chicago (AP) – After hearing nearly two hours of arguments, a Cook County judge said she’ll decide whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ gay marriage ban late next month.

The lawsuit involves 25 same-sex couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied. Attorneys for the couples – from Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois – have said that the state’s same-sex marriage ban, approved in 1996, violates the state’s constitution due process and equality clauses.

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