Delivering a slap in the face to anyone who appreciates the pursuit of justice, charges against actor Jussie Smollet have been dropped according to statements made by his legal team.
Adding even more questions, Fox News reported that the presiding judge “granted a nolle pros, which essentially means that the case has been dropped and that he(Smollet) will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crime.”
Smollet’s lawyers wrote who public opinion skewed the case leading to it being thrown out. “Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result,” the statement read.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office likewise, released a statement reading, “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
However there are many who feel blindsided by this verdict, including Chicago Police. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson indicated his anger about not receiving any notification about the case and vowed to speak on the matter in the future. While local reporter for WFLD-TV, Rafel Weigel, said local law enforcement was “furious.”