Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx's handling of the controversial Jussie Smollett alleged hate crime case – including the disputed decision to suddenly dismiss all charges against him – will be investigated by a special accuser, an Illinois judge ruled Friday afternoon. 19659002] The decision of Cook County judge Michael Toomin comes after a flood of criticism and other guesses about Foxx's management of the case, where Smollett claimed he was attacked in the early morning on January 29 while returning to his Chicago apartment . According to the Chicago Tribune, the Special Prosecutor said recharging Smollett.
Foxx has defended her handling of the case and earlier said she would welcome an independent inquiry. But her office was against a particular accusation, and the explanation of the investigation would simply duplicate the efforts of a county inspector's general office probe already in progress.
Smollett, who plays the character Jamal Lyon on the TV show "Empire", was accused of February by the Chicago police for falling off the attack. He has denied the charges and prosecutors later dropped each of the 1
On Friday, Toomin suggested that Foxx mistreated the case by appointing a top aide to monitor it after she had reused her.
Foxx had been in contact with a relative of the actor and had been approached by former first lady Michelle Obama's one-time staff on behalf of Smollett's family, and at that time she explained that she was reusing to avoid "even the perception of a conflict of interest
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In his decision, Toomin said he had no problem with Foxx's recall but that she had no right to choose Someone from her office to handle prosecution and say what she did was name her own prosecutor.
"State lawyers are clearly not supposed to have unrestricted authority to appoint special prosecutors," quoted the Chicago Tribune as saying.
Associate d Press contributed to this report.