The mayor and police chief of Chicago still believe that the "Empire" actor staged an attack on himself, and even the prosecutor of the case said that he still believes that Smollett committed a crime Has. So, how was Smollett freed from all charges?
Here are some CNN analysts reporting on the recent turn in the case and the possible reasons for it.
But no surveillance cameras recorded the incident, and one of the men was Smollett's personal trainer, the actor's lawyers said.
If the prosecutors saw holes in their case, they had to do the "best they could in the interests of justice."
"I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe that they looked at the evidence and did not feel they could prove the case without reasonable doubt," said Sara Azari, a defense lawyer.
Was there any concern that he had already been brought before the court of public opinion?
Meanwhile, the police got into a difficult situation, Azari said. They quickly negotiated their case before the court of public opinion.
He also noted that the officers were "angry" when they learned Smollett's alleged true motive. The authorities said he staged the attack because he was not satisfied with his salary.
For Joey Jackson, CNN legal analyst and defense lawyer, police action was a step up.
"How does he ever get a fair trial when Superintendent" Good Morning America "acts against him," he said.
"They wondered if they dubbed their hands or not," Jackson added. "That means they've been so relentless in his dealings with everything else that it poisoned the jury."
Were not the brothers believable?
The men finally confessed to the alleged conspiracy and appeared before a grand jury, but were released without charge.
Laura Coates, a former federal prosecutor, said the Osundairo brothers might have played a role in prosecutors' decision to drop Smollett's allegations.
"Perhaps these are the two brothers who did not have their consent in February and March and had no immunity agreements," Coates said. "They may have resigned, which means they have changed their tune, so how do you prove it?"
CNN has contacted the brothers' lawyer to comment.
Did you seek a delayed charge instead? [1
The Cook County Procuratorate dismissed all charges against Smollett on Tuesday, but said little about why the 16 crimes were abandoned for disorderly behavior.
The lead prosecutor said they had reviewed the facts of the case and considered the Smollett volunteer service in the community and his willingness to discard his $ 10,000 bond. He also noted that Smollett had no previous crimes and posed no threat to the community.
"That sounds like a deferred charge to me," former prosecutor Coates said.
"That's quite common," she said. "Prosecutors considering reviewing the evidence decide that a criminal law solution or prosecution is no longer the most effective way to achieve justice."
In a speech with reporters, Smollett's lawyer, Patricia Holmes, denied that the prosecutors dropped the verdict charges were part of a deal or a deferred indictment.
The state's first deputy prosecutor, Joseph Magats, the chief prosecutor, told CNN's daughter WLS that the lifting of the charges did not mean that the actor was relieved.
When asked if he considers Smollett innocent, the prosecutor told WLS, "No."
"This is not a celebrity, but a case that is not simply a gift for a prosecutor handed over the discharge of Jussie Smollett," Azari said.
Did you conclude a secret contract?
The secrecy surrounding the sudden dismissal of Smollett's indictments has prompted some people to demand greater transparency in the prosecutor's office has led to speculation.
A judge agreed to seal Smollett's court records at the request of his lawyers and without appealing the prosecutors.
Johnson, who expressed his disappointment with the dismissal, criticized the move, suggesting that defense attorneys had entered into a "circumvention of the justice system" deal.
"Nothing has changed except that the guy has come to the state attorney's office anyway and they worked out a back door contract that threw the mayor and the police department under the bus." Said former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey and agreed coincide with Johnson.
Other legal analysts said the decision to keep the records off the release will keep the community from learning what actually happened.
"As Americans, we have a right to know why these charges have been dropped, and if Jussie is telling the truth, we should know that," Civil Rights Attorney Areva Martin said.
Others, such as Cheryl Dorsey, a retired sergeant from the Los Angeles Police Department, said the truth could be different.
"We'll know that this thing the police say is true, if Jussie's great, great legal team does not" sue Chicago PD for defamation or slander, "she said.