The prosecutor, who dropped the charge of disorder against actor Jussie Smollett, defended the decision and said that her office was unsure that she had enough evidence to convict her and wanted to focus on a major crime in Chicago, she wrote in a comment.
Attorney Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, said Friday in a speech at the Chicago Tribune that she welcomed a "non-political review of the treatment of this issue from outside."
The case in question was Mr. Smollett, a star of the television program "Empire," who claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime in Chicago. Mr. Black and Gay, Mr. Smollett, told the authorities that he was attacked in January by two men who had shouted homophobic and racial charges, tied a rope around his neck, and poured a chemical on him.
Nearly a month later, he was arrested by the police, who claimed he had staged the raid and falsely reported it , Originally, there was a lot of support for Mr. Smollett, but as the story turned, so too was public opinion. Mr. Smollett, who denied the allegations, was charged with 16 points of disorderly behavior, but on Tuesday, the State County Procuratorate of Cook County reversed all charges.
"Yeah, if I falsely report a hate crime, it makes me angry that this is the outrage of the community," Ms. Foxx wrote. "But as I said before my election, we have to separate the people we are angry about from the people we are afraid of."
Foxx wrote that "there are certain aspects of the evidence and evidence presented ", Which made the conviction of conviction uncertain. She did not elaborate.
She also said that Mr. Smollett was charged with a Class 4 crime comparable to triggering a fire alarm in a school or "Draft Card Mutilation." These types of charges are "routinely resolved." especially in cases of suspects without criminal record, long before a case approaches a courtroom, and often without jail or fines, "she wrote.
The decision to drop the indictment brought with it a slanderous suggestion from the chief constable, Eddie Johnson and the mayor, Rahm Emanuel, described the decision as a "whitewashing of justice."
"You can not have one set of rules and one set of rules all the others because of one person's position," Mr. Emanuel said , The mayor also wanted Mr. Smollett to pay more than $ 130,000 to cover the investigation costs.
The mayor's office on Saturday could not be reached immediately to comment on Ms. Foxx and the superintendent's office declined comment.
Foxx, who took office in 2016, wrote that she was elected because she promised to rethink the justice system and keep people out of jail who pose no threat to the community. She said she had agreed to "spend my office." limited resources for the most serious crimes to create communities that are both safer and fairer.
Joe Magats, the state prosecutor's first prosecutor, defended the decision this week . He said the prosecutor's office had declared violent crime a priority, adding, "I do not see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety."
Foxx said she thought Mr. Smollett had been punished enough in the public eye.
"Smollett's allegedly unstable acts have probably done more harm to him than any penance ordered by the court," she wrote, adding that any damage he did image did not change the facts. "The misrepresentation of a hate crime is a dangerous and unlawful act, and Smollett was not released in this case."