On Monday, a special prosecutor said that Cook County state's attorney Kim Foxx broke no laws, but abused discretions in her handling of the Jussie Smollett case.
The New York Times reports that Dan K. Webb found "substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures" by Foxx's office. Webb also says Foxx did not properly recuse herself from the case and dropped the case too quickly. Foxx's office says it "categorically rejects” Webb's assessment. One of Smollett's lawyers, Mark Geragos, adds that the timing of Webb's announcement is suspicious since Foxx is up for re-election this fall. “This is nothing more than an attempt to take down a young Black woman who doesn’t fit in with the white power structure," Geragos said.
Smollett will still stand trial in February after he was accused of paying two men to attack him in an elaborate hoax, although there could be a delay because of the coronavirus.