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What Jussie Smollett’s case reveals about the law on hate crimes

What Jussie Smollett’s case reveals about the law on hate crimes

‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hate-crime attack, was dropped of all charges by prosecutors. How does the FBI define a hate-crime attack?

We explain. 

CHICAGO – The surprise decision by prosecutors to drop charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett shocked the legal and law enforcement community.

In Chicago, it’s not unusual for a criminal case to take years to wind its way through the court system. Legal experts said it was stunning to see the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office go from unsealing a grand jury indictment to dropping charges against Smollett in a matter of weeks.

Did prosecutors not have enough evidence to make their case?

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