• Maybe, Just Maybe, Some Justice Awaits Jussie Smollett After All

    Surge Summary: Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett is facing further legal scrutiny over his role in allegedly faking a racist attack on himself several months ago.

    Jussie Smollett? That issue remains on the law-enforcement radar, you ask?

    Apparently it does:

    PJ Media’s Jim Treacher writes:

    It’s been almost seven months since everybody who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton was supposed to feel guilty about what those MAGA-hatted thugs did to Jussie Smollett, and slightly more than six months since the obvious truth about his ridiculous hoax was revealed.

    Recall, Jussie Smollett is the actor who claims two masked men assaulted him with ropes and bleach at 2 AM in subzero temps outside a Chicago Subway sandwich shop. Oh, yeah, while screaming MAGA slogans.

    Well, it developed

    he made the whole thing up, which was pretty embarrassing for all the people who went to bat for him. And then the city of Chicago dropped the charges against him, which would be embarrassing for Chicago if you didn’t know anything about Chicago.

    But if Jussie thought he was off the hook … maybe not?

    Friday, a Chicago judge appointed a special prosecutor to look into why state prosecutors suddenly and unexpectedly dropped charges against the thirty-seven-year-old television star. Smollett is accused of staging the ostensibly racist, anti-gay attack against himself.

    Cook County Judge Michael Toomin’s appointment of former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb raises the possibility that the special prosecutor could bring new charges against the former “Empire” actor…

    “I don’t know where this case is going. The facts will take me where they take me,” [Webb] said, adding that he couldn’t provide a precise timetable but would move the investigation along as quickly as possible.

    Moran, for the record, is skeptical Smollett will face any sort of justice for his alleged duplicity and the chaos it generated.

    After all, he’s a Democrat in good standing. His crime wasn’t lying, it was getting caught. He’s black and gay, which means holding him accountable for his own actions is both racist and homophobic. And he falsely accused Trump voters of attacking him, and nobody in Hollywood likes those people anyway.

    Still, the fact that this controversy has not utterly faded is a reminder there can be lingering consequences for glaring public malfeasance. One slender high point in a constellation of truly pathetic circumstances.

    Image: Adapted from Dominick D – Jussie Smollett, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48253478

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