I wish no ill to Jussie Smollett. As for Empire, I’ve never seen the show (as I’m not much of a TV watcher) and have no feelings about it, positive or negative. But I despise falsehood and duplicity, and as the Smollett case has turned into a complete fiasco, the truth meter inside me stirs me to write.
In the aftermath of the shocking news that all charges against Smollett were being dropped, an executive producer at Empire tweeted: “You’ve just watched a truly good person get dragged through the gutter. I am so happy he’s been exonerated before any more damage was done, but make no mistake. Damage was done.”
Sorry, but Smollett was not exonerated. Hardly.
First, Tandra Simonton, a spokesperson for the Chicago prosecutor who decided to drop the charges said this: “We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett.”
“We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett,” Simonton said. “The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped. This outcome was met under the same criteria that would occur for and is available to any defendant with similar circumstances.”
In other words, Smollett cut a deal.
Second, even without the statement from the prosecutor, an innocent victim does not do community service or forfeit $10,000 to the city. Obviously.
Could you imagine this?
A woman claims to be raped and beaten by four male assailants.
The police then claim that she set the whole thing up and charges are brought against her.
All charges are then dropped against her after she does community service and pays a fine to the city.
That is not being exonerated. That is striking a deal. The guilty, not the innocent, strike deals. If the woman had been raped and beaten, do you think she would have been required to do community service and pay fine? Of course not.
How is this not totally obvious to all? How could anyone still believe that Smollett was somehow exonerated?
If he was, in fact, assaulted by nefarious strangers, where are they? Where’s the investigation to find his attackers?
You say, “That’s easy. Those two brothers confessed to being paid by him to attacking him.”
So, either they’re telling the truth (in which case the prosecutor did the city a real disservice by dropping the charges with a mere slap on the wrist) or they’re lying about being paid by Smollett.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown