That difficult casual-yet-determined MAGA-hate-crime victim look.
"Do you want to take it off or anything?" a
"Yeah," Smollett says. "I do. I just wanted y'all to see it."
We saw it, Jussie.
Smollett is now the poster child for
Smollett was a Democratic and media hero for a time, telling the saga of how he fought off those racist, homophobic, Trump-loving thugs -- with a tuna sandwich in one hand and his cellphone in the other.
It all began to unravel when the thugs turned out to be those Nigerian bodybuilder friends of his, the brothers Osundairo, and Smollett was charged with 16 counts of faking a hate crime.
Foxx dropped the charges the
And that's dangerous, if the prosecutor is nobody nobody sent.
The one person responsible for a special prosecutor investigating Foxx's disastrous handling of the case is retired state appellate Judge
O'Brien deserves the thanks of every taxpayer in
She explained it all on "
"When I heard that the charges had been dismissed and that the court file had been sealed, that's when my hair caught on fire," O'Brien said. "That's when I said, 'Uh-oh.'
"I was visiting a friend in the hospital, a former judge, a former state's attorney who is married to a state's attorney, a woman who was so sick -- yet so upset about what happened because she took great pride in being a prosecutor -- and walking home from the hospital, I said, 'I've got to do something.'"
When she got home, O'Brien, who had spent 26 years as a judge, began writing a letter to the
And that began her court fight with Foxx, who opposed a special prosecutor. Foxx lost.
Seeing Smollett revealed as a cheesy bad actor isn't really big news. It doesn't tell us much about America or about
But what would tell us something is what a special prosecutor in the case may determine, by putting Foxx and her people under oath before a grand jury, to find out if Foxx succumbed to political influence before she inexplicably dropped all charges against Smollett.
That would tell us much. The focus must be on Foxx, not Smollett.
Added focus should be placed on the Obama Celebrity Friend who quietly contacted Foxx on Smollett's behalf.
I'd like to see the special prosecutor sending out subpoenas for Foxx's phone records, including all calls, texts and communications among Foxx and the Obamas and their friends.
Isn't being thorough a good thing?
The politics is one thing. The law is another. And Foxx's clumsy handing of both has raised red flags.
One flag is Foxx's decision to blame much of her problems -- including the fiasco of Foxx's non-recusal recusal -- on her chief ethics officer,
After she'd talked with all those political friends of special people, Foxx didn't want to give up control of the case. Her office told me that she hadn't recused herself in the legal sense, but rather "in the colloquial sense."
How many Pinocchios is that worth? And Foxx blames Perry?
"If you apply a political filter to this, you say, 'Wait!'"
"It doesn't wear well when you throw your employees under the bus. Step up. You've got the big desk and the big title. Step up and say, 'The buck stops here.' That's my sense of it. I was disappointed. And I think many Chicagoans are disappointed."
Perry is the first person a special prosecutor should visit, perhaps with some baked goods in hand.
"Exactly," O'Brien said. "And a subpoena."
It's like that police officer asking Smollett if he wanted to take off his noose. It's the polite thing to do.
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