New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s First Order Of Business: Getting To The Bottom Of The Jussie Smollett Case


Chicago’s new mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot says of Jussie Smollett: ‘He’s got to be held accountable.’

Lightfoot is calling for “more fulsome explanation” from the DA on why the charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett.

She faces a corrupt, decades-old political infrastructure and that septic tank has the support of very powerful people.

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Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, hasn’t even been sworn in yet, and she already has a top priority: figuring out exactly what is going on in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx’s office.

Lightfoot, who won Chicago’s mayoral election by a near-50 point margin on Tuesday, is the city’s first black female (and first openly gay) mayor. She campaigned largely as an outsider to the Chicago machine. Lightfoot is, herself, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, who served at the head of Chicago’s Police Board and Police Accountability Board after leaving legal practice for public service.

Foxx and others had likely hoped the change in leadership, from outgoing mayor Rahm Emanuel to incoming mayor Lightfoot, might take some of the pressure off the prosecutor’s office, which has been under a microscope since dropping 17 charges leveled against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime back in January.

No such luck.

In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday, Lightfoot pledged to get to the bottom of the Smollett case, and suggested that Smollett needs to be “held accountable.”

“The State’s Attorney’s office here which made the decision unilaterally to drop the charges has to give a much more fulsome explanation,” Lightfoot said, according to The Wrap. More

This case and situation should be a priority. There is no separate justice system for a black gay guy who has a little pocket change. This case will lead to a race war in Chicago if it is not dealt with the legal way.

There is no such thing as whitewashing 16 felony charges. Kim Fox and Jussie Smollett both belong in court in front of a judge and jury. That guy attacked gay people, white people, law enforcement as well as the entire city of Chicago. 

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