Prosecutor Says Jussie Smollett Is Lying! ‘We Have Not Exonerated Him, Only Dropped The Case!’
“The fact that (Smollett) feels that we have exonerated him, we have not. I can’t make it any clearer than that."
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune Tuesday afternoon, First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats said the prosecutors office only reached a deal with the defense to drop the charges if Smollett performed community service and forfeited his bond. Magats had taken charge of the case after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx stepped aside for conflict of interest. He clearly stated that the office had not exonerated Smollett.
“The bottom line is, we stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him,” Magats told the Chicago Tribune.
“The fact that (Smollett) feels that we have exonerated him, we have not. I can’t make it any clearer than that.”
Magats clearly denied that the dropping of the charges either signaled weak evidence or a desire for secrecy.
“It’s a mistake and it’s wrong to read into the decision that there was something wrong or that we learned something about the case that we didn’t already know,” Magats told the Chicago Tribune.
In a whirlwind release of news Tuesday, many were left wondering, “WHAT?” as headlines declared that charges had been dropped and that Jussie Smollett had declared, again, his innocence.
Smollett doubled down that he had always been truthful and consistent throughout the investigation, noting that he wouldn’t be “his mother’s son” if he had done what he had been accused of.
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” he said. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
He then added that despite his eagerness to get refocused on his career, he will “always continue to fight for the justice, equality, and betterment of marginalized people everywhere.”
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“I am a man of faith, and I am a man that has knowledge of my history, and I would not bring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this.”, Smollett claimed.
Then the fireworks began, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held a news conference excoriating Smollett.
The mayor exclaimed, “Mr. Smollett is still saying he is innocent. How dare him?”
“How dare him? How dare him?” the mayor said.
“This is a person now who has been let off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions,” Emanuel continued.
He admonished Smollett for “using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence” only to “turn around and use those laws to advance your career and financial reward.”
“Is there no decency in this man?” the mayor said.
“I do know what the grand jury said,” the mayor said, referring to the evidence that sent the case to trial in the first place.
Then came Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson:
“Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is still owed an apology,” Johnson said.
“I’ve been a cop now for about 31 years. When I came on this job, I came on with my honor, my integrity and my reputation. If somebody accused me of doing anything that would circumvent that, I would want my day in court, period, to clear my name. I’ve heard that (Smollett’s camp) wanted their day in court with TV cameras so America could know the truth, even though they chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”
“Our job as police officers is to present (prosecutors) with the evidence,” Johnson said. “The apology comes from the person that did this. If you want to say you’re innocent of a situation, then you take your day in court. I would never, if somebody falsely accused me, I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy, period.”
“At the end of the day, it’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax, period,” the police superintendent said. “If he wanted to clear his name the way to do that was in a court of law so that everyone could see the evidence. … I stand by the facts of what we produced. If they want to dispute those facts then the place to do that is in court, not secrecy.”