(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Cook County’s George-Soros-backed chief prosecutor, Kim Foxx, who initially dropped the charges against disgraced Empire actor Jussie Smollett, claimed that his being held accountable was proof positive of a conspiracy against her.
Foxx publicly criticized the sentencing that was handed down last week, when Smollett received five months jail time, along with 30 months of felony probation, and ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine.
Even though the case was a slam-dunk example of guilt writ large, and the presiding judge rightfully blasted Smollett as a “charlatan pretending to be a victim of a hate crime,” Foxx doubled-down on dumb, insisting that Smollett’s prosecution and sentencing amounted to “mob justice” and a “kangaroo prosecution.”
“As Cook County State’s Attorney, it pains me deeply to say that, in this particular case, our justice system failed,” Foxx wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Smollett had faced up to three years in prison for each of five felony counts of disorderly conduct—the charge filed for lying to police—of which he was convicted.
Smollett had concocted and staged a hate crime on himself in January, 2019, claiming that he had been attacked by MAGA-loving racists who beat him up, tied a noose around his neck and soaked him with bleach. Then he lied about it to police and everyone else, including the jury that found him guilty and the judge that sentenced him.
But Foxx said the justice system failed Smollett.
“From the first reports of the alleged attack, this case was treated like no other,” Foxx wrote after Smollett was sentenced.
And, at least on that point, Foxx is correct. The initial outpouring of support for the now-convicted hate-crime fraudster was certainly treated like no other, bubbling over with sympathy and support before any facts were known, other than Smollett being black and gay.
From President Joe Biden, who had smeared Rittenhouse as guilty, to his cackling Vice President Kamala Harris, a potential jury was tainted with reckless public statements from people who rushed to judgement.
What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie. https://t.co/o8ilPu68CM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 30, 2019
“This was an attempted modern day lynching,” Harris had declared. “No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”
Foxx is still spouting the same false narrative, seemingly more concerned that black, female leftist district attorneys might have their criminal-loving reforms sidelined.
Foxx besmirched the prosecutors, police, judge and jury who held Smollett accountable, as “a small group of people” who “hijacked the judicial system to enact what is best described as mob justice.”
“Sadly, these tactics are becoming common,” Foxx lamented. “Black women elected prosecutors around the country have faced the same mob mentality.”
Dan Webb, the special prosecutor who took Foxx’s place after she initially dropped charges against Smollett, said the jury’s decision and the judge’s sentencing were both appropriate.
“His conduct denigrated hate crimes,” Webb said of Smollett’s egregious deceptions.
“His conduct will discourage others who are victims of hate crimes from coming forward and reporting those crimes to law enforcement.”
Even a self-avowed radical racial equity activist like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot heralded the sentencing.
NEW: Statement from @chicagosmayor:
“The criminal conviction of Jussie Smollett by a jury of his peers and today’s sentencing should send a clear message to everyone in the City of Chicago that false claims and allegations will not be tolerated.” pic.twitter.com/Kba4XUThC3
— Ryan Johnson (@Ryan_Johnson) March 11, 2022
Also weighing in on Smollett’s recent guilty verdict was another high-profile victim of the legal double-standard: Kyle Rittenhouse.
After being raked over the coals, dragged through the mud and otherwise publicly denigrated and threatened before a jury found him not guilty, Kyle celebrated the fact that justice still worked in both cases.
“The media called me a white supremacist from the start and instantly called Jussie Smollett innocent,” Rittenhouse tweeted.
THE MEDIA CALLED ME A WHITE SUPREMACIST FROM THE START AND INSTANTLY CALLED JUSSIE SMOLLETT INNOCENT.
I’M THANKFUL OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IN AMERICA DOESN’T WORK LIKE THE DISHONEST MEDIA; WHO REFUSED TO GET THE ANSWERS BEFORE DECLARING THE INNOCENT GUILTY AND THE GUILTY INNOCENT.
— KYLE RITTENHOUSE (@THISISKYLER) MARCH 12, 2022
“I’m thankful our justice system in America doesn’t work like the dishonest media; who refused to get the answers before declaring the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent,” he said.