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?
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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