A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire” actor reported a racist, homophobic attack that police say he staged against himself.
The special prosecutor appointed to look into why the state's attorney's office in Chicago abruptly dropped the case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staging an attack on himself acknowledged Monday that he donated to the top prosecutor's campaign and that his law firm co-hosted a 2016 fundraiser for her.
A judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday 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.
Chicago's top prosecutor gave a new justification in documents released Friday for why she recused herself from the investigation into "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's claim he was the victim of a hate crime: there were false rumors she was related to Smollett and she didn't want any hint of a conflict of interest.
Jussie Smollett’s criminal court records remain sealed, for now, after a court hearing Thursday on whether the files should be made public.
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Gabriel Montero from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression joins Good Day Chicago to talk aout the issue really at stake in Monday's protest and rally regarding Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.
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Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx joins Good Day Chicago to answer questions about the county's prosecution rates and juvenile violence.
Former state's attorney Anita Alvarez isn't happy with her successor, Kim Foxx. In fact, she's threatening to sue her. At issue, an interview Foxx gave to the author of a book on sexual harassment in Illinois politics. Alvarez’ attorney Eugene Hollander talks about the looming lawsuit.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks following the first hearing for a man charged with killing Chicago police commander Paul Bauer.