How I feel about the Jussie Smollet case can best be summed up in the words of Al Pacino in the best bank-robbing movie of all time, Heat. He said, “Don’t waste my motherfucking time!”
Pretty crude talk, but it was the way he said it that was cool.
What’s not cool is how the prosecutors in this case have wasted everybody’s time.
They wasted the time of the police, the media, me, you, my friends, my fellow bloggers, the lawyers, the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker.
If you’ve been a lot smarter than me and completely ignored this story, good for you. You might as well stay out of it because what follows is going to defy all logic. If you do want to get up to speed, CNN (aka The Fake News Network), has some nice summarizing posts here.
The very quick facts:
- Jussie claimed to be the victim of a hateful attack.
- Later, it appeared that he orchestrated the attack for publicity. He was charged with numerous crimes.
- The cops did a press conference where they expressed the belief that he did it, based on evidence they claimed to have.
- Jussie has always maintained his innocence.
I don’t really care if he did or did not do the crime. Either he did and that means he’s a lying piece of shit, or he didn’t and that means that two racist, gay-haters, are on the loose. Either way, the Prime Dictator should be in the on-deck circle, taking some practice swings with his leaf rake, in preparation to dole out some punishment.
Only no punishment will come for any of the parties involved. All charges against Jussie have been dropped.
So, he’s innocent? Not according to police and the prosecutors. So my question is, as it always is, why in the fiddlesticks frack?
What is boggling to the mind is the lack of logic in the decision to drop the case. Well, at least the logic that is transparent to the ones whom the system is supposed to be accountable to. I suspect there was logic to this decision, but since the records on this matter have been sealed, we may never know the truth.
Maybe we can get somewhere by hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth (sorry PETA). Here’s what the prosecutors had to say:
“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.”
Okay, I get it. I’ve watched Law and Order. This is a plea deal. He copped to the crime and in exchange, he got a slap on the wrist.
Nope. He did not admit guilt.
Ah, then it must be one of those deferred prosecution situations. You know, an agreement where a prosecutor agrees to grant amnesty in exchange for the defendant agreeing to fulfill certain requirements. In this case, Jussie agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond and do some community service work.
Jussie’s lawyer, Patricia Holmes (way better name than Jussie, by the way) clarified that the “deal” is:
not part of a deferred prosecution
and that, actually
there is no deal
No deal? I’m confused. Even a grown man who dines on well-done steak with ketchup is an artist when it comes to deals.
It can only mean one thing. Jussie is innocent!
Wrong again, according to Joe Magats, the first assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois:
“We believe he did what he was charged with doing. This was not an exoneration. To say he was exonerated by us or anyone else is not true.”
I knew it. He is guilty! Wait, why are they dropping the charges, then?
Maybe it had something to do with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recusing herself from the case after a conflict arose from her cellphone and text correspondence with members of the Smollett family. Wait, what?
Lawyer, Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for Michelle Obama, was the go-between with the Smollett family, during the bizarre attempt by Foxx to get Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to drop the Smollett case and turn it over to the FBI.
The police are pissed off and want an investigation into Foxx. I don’t blame them, but as we learned this week from The Mueller report, long, drawn-out investigations rarely bare any fruit. Especially when there is something to hide.
In any case, I can’t waste any more MF-ing time on this case. Like most scandalous stories on our spinning rock of stupidity, this boils down to one of two things: Incompetence or Corruption (or both).
For now, I’m going to file this one under A, for Al Pacino.