'This Is Flat-Out Corruption': Judge Alex Says It's 'Outrageous' Charges Against Smollett Were Dropped
Former Dade County (Fla.) Circuit Court Judge Alex Ferrer said it's "outrageous" that charges have been dropped against Jussie Smollett in the "Empire" actor's alleged hate crime hoax case.
In a shocking announcement Tuesday morning, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it will not be prosecuting Smollett, who was previously accused of fabricating a hate crime in Chicago in order to boost his career.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted the decision, but Smollett, however, has maintained his innocence.
"Absolutely there’s something wrong here," Judge Alex said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday. "Anybody who knows how the system works is going to think this is flat-out corruption. Somebody made a call, somebody who knows the state attorney or the assistant state attorney, and said, 'Do me this favor and we’ll help you down the road.' That is what I feel happened in this case."
He said he believes Smollett got a "sweetheart deal" not just because he's a wealthy celebrity, but because he's "connected."
"I understand he’s friends with the Obamas. And early in this case, Michelle Obama’s chief of staff made a call to the state attorney and tried to get the investigation transferred, at the request of Smollett’s family, to the FBI. That’s a remarkable coincidence," Judge Alex said.
As for what possible recourse the city of Chicago or the police department has now, Judge Alex said criminal defense attorney Bob Bianchi offered a bright idea on "Shepard Smith Reporting" Tuesday.
"The Chicago police should sue Jussie Smollett for the hundreds of thousands in investigative fees. Then, the truth will come out in court, or Jussie Smollett -- an innocent man -- will remarkably out of the goodness of his heart agree to pay back investigative costs that he didn’t cause," Judge Alex said. "And I think that’s brilliant, I think that would actually work."
He added that the FBI can also investigate, specifically if Smollett committed mail fraud by allegedly mailing a fraudulent threatening letter to himself, and if he committed wire fraud by using text messages to perpetrate the alleged hoax.
"I really think they should, because people every day are just losing faith in the judicial system, and it's really offensive."
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