Jussie Smollett and the Wasters Of Time

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.

 

17 thoughts on “Jussie Smollett and the Wasters Of Time

  1. As a spectator, I feel very lucky to be able to have a front seat to observe this specific episode of human “intelligence”. I would have been sad to realize that justice is no longer the finding of the truth; but my dad prepared me too well for occasions like this. At 9 years old, my dad told me: “Expectation breeds resentment. Don’t expect anything from anyone, and you will not be deceived.” It still works perfectly.

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      1. Word!

        Community service for 16 counts of felony charges had he been found guilty???!!! Oh really now!!! I smell bullshit. Do you?

        Where I’m from, the great state of New York. Conviction on felony charges carries with it some amount of jail time, not freaking community service, but actual jail time.

        Where in the World does the exposure of a conviction on 16 counts of felony charges carry with it mere community service? Oh yeah, Cook County!

        Like whatever man…Dem tek people fi eediat (Jamaican patios for “They take us, we the people, for idiots”).

        Yup you’re right! Don’t waste my motherfucking time!!!!!

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      2. I love your enthusiasm.

        I read the police reports. He warrants suspicion to me. Not sure why the prosecution folded on their “slam dunk case”, but the fact that no one is explaining why they did leads me to believe (like you) that there is something fishy going on.

        If he is innocent, why would he shell out ten grand and do the community service?

        Like I said before, there is either corruption or incompetence at the heart of this.

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      3. My “enthusiasm” comes from the fact that they make all of us, who work in the judicial system, look ridiculous, with the corruption and such high levels of incompetence.

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  2. The donations are one thing. But that is too easy to be the answer. I think he is a total puppet. Someone higher up taught/ directed him to “get attacked” to further their agenda. He thought he wouldn’t get caught, but once he did, he gave up his master on a silver platter. That’s why they dropped all that time.

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