How CPD protected key players in Smollett case - including the actor himself

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According to Foxx, during her tenure since taking office in December 2016, her office has disposed of 5,700 felony cases through alternative prosecution.

Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television issued the following statement after the charges against Smollett were dropped: "Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed".

"What I can tell you is that most people who come through the criminal justice system don't give up $10,000 of their hard-earned money, or engage in volunteer services connected with an alleged offense, without viewing that as a way of being held accountable", she said.

"He did this all in the name of self-promotion", Emanuel said.

"Let's get to the bottom of this", Emanuel said in an ABC News interview. The brothers' attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said then that the brothers did not testify as part of any plea deal with prosecutors and that they were not granted any immunity from prosecution. "I've heard the talk, I've heard the talk", he said. Smollett was accused of filing a false police report over an alleged racist attack that investigators say he manufactured.

"We believe he did what he was charged with doing", he said.

She said Smollett was a crime victim who "just wants his life back".

Tuesday evening, just hours after learning of the State's Attorney's decision, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) issued a second letter to the United States Attorney's office in Chicago, calling for a Federal investigation into Kim Foxx's office, and suggesting that something unusual is happening among Chicago's prosecutors.

The Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, was similarly displeased.

The report pointed out that Tchen is former first lady Michelle Obama's former aide.

Cook county prosecutors abruptly announced they would not prosecute Smollett. But police officials have said security videos, financial records and interviews with the brothers proved Smollett hired them to participate in a fake attack on January 29.

"I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one", Smollett told reporters earlier on Tuesday outside a Chicago courthouse, where he posed for photos with supporters after a brief court hearing during which prosecutors abandoned the case.

The decision to file a fresh set of charges against Jussie Smollett now rests in the hands of John Lausch, Chicago's US Attorney who was handpicked by President Trump.

Holmes also pointed out that the case against her client only "seemed" airtight because several parties leaked "incomplete and inaccurate" information and were guilty of "inappropriately" talking to the media to create confusion.

"It's ridiculous to recuse herself and not her entire office", Mr. Preib said.

First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joseph Magats oversaw the Smollett case after Foxx recused herself, and was the one who made a decision to drop the charges against the actor. "I'm not there", Joyce said. "I know the type of activism this young man does in his community, I know that he's a giver - he's not an attention-seeker".

Harris, who is a former district attorney, said of Smollett's case: 'We're going to have to leave it up to the judgment of the prosecutor.