I'm not saying that Jussie Smollett should have been sentenced to ten years in prison.
If he had pleaded guilty, paid a heavy fine, and was stuck in community service, I would not have lost any sleep.
But what happened in Chicago was an absolute matter of justice.
Axios calls it "one of the biggest stories without Trump of 201
It was no small detail that the "Empire" actor claimed he had been beaten up in the street by two thugs calling the neighborhood "MAGA Land." Along with its supposed snare, this was central to portraying the incident as an anti-black anti-gay hate crime perpetrated by Trump zealots.
And that was a lie, of course.
But now Smollett will never be prosecuted. He will never be held accountable for how he traumatized his city and betrayed its followers.
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He does not even have to admit that he has built a damned lie.
The charges were suddenly mysteriously dropped comfortably.
Rahm Emanuel is outraged, as is the city police chief.
The mayor called it a "whitewash of justice" at a press conference At a point so excited that he demanded of Smollett, "How dare he?"
"You can not have one set of rules because of one person's position, and one set of rules applies to everyone else." Emanuel added that the city's call had been "pulled through the mud".
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That's the annoying part.
"Since the first day, I have been honest and consistent at every level," he announced. "This was an incredibly difficult time, frankly one of the worst in my entire life."
Tell the Jamaican brothers he hired for $ 4,000 for the night attack. You suddenly fell silent.
The decision by the state attorney for the state of Cook County not to prosecute the indictment, which included charges for lying to the police, did not look good at home.
"It's an unacceptable decision, a deal is secret, with – that's outrageous – Smollett does not even have to take possession of his apparent fraud." A Chicago Tribune editorial said. "Not even to apologize for the alleged exploitation of hate crime laws, and not even to reimburse the enormous costs of this investigation to the Chicago taxpayers."
And how did the prosecutors justify this travesty? With a vague statement, claiming that "we believe that this result is a fair disposition and appropriate solution to this case".
Imagine a working guy playing the same stunt. Of course he would have been prosecuted. The moral here is that another celebrity, who has not only an expression of regret, is connected.
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The police said the crime had been faked to try to get the Fox show to pay him a raise grant – and get away with it.
Says National Review: "Rarely do we vigorously nod in agreement with Rahm Emanuel or David Axelrod, but both in time Obama's lieutenants expressed a degree of disbelief and disgust at the surprising outcome of L & # 39; affair Jussie Smollett …
"Smollett's staging was obviously meant to vilify his avowed political enemy Donald Trump and Trump supporters, and he even said: 'Good morning America', of which he believed his" attackers "from his public anti-Trump Attitude were motivated. His predecessors about the Disapproved told, far too many Americans to believe Smollett's great story better. "
After all, Smollett's alleged fraud was not about the president, but it was very much about the land of Trump.