OK, we’ve been holding off on this because CWBChicago is teasing a pretty juicy story that will be published later Wednesday night, but we’ll just update this post later. In short, CWBChicago has some evidence that no, not every first-time offender filing a false report with the Chicago Police Department gets the Jussie Smollett treatment from State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

But check this out: it looks like Foxx’s office is scrambling to find other examples of similar cases. “Nobody is in trouble” — they’d just really appreciate it if anyone with any evidence to back up Foxx’s claim would share it.

“We are just looking for further examples of how we, as prosecutors, use our discretion in a way that restores the victim, but causes minimal harm to the defendant in the long term.” Wait … wasn’t Smollett the victim in this case? He was savagely attacked by MAGA-hat wearing Trump supporters in an attempted “modern-day lynching.”

Yep … the community service wasn’t court-ordered or supervised. He just felt like doing some volunteer work at Rainbow PUSH that week.

Nobody’s in trouble …

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Update:

Maybe the Jussie Smollett treatment isn’t so common:

CWBChicago reports:

Some other differences between Smollett’s case resolution and the route taken by ordinary people are apparent. Smollett’s case was concluded in an “emergency hearing” rather than at his next scheduled court date on April 17th.

According to Cook County Circuit Court guidelines, emergency motions require “sudden or unforeseen circumstances” that “rise to the [level of] emergency.” Attorneys seeking an emergency hearing are required to explain “the reason(s) the matter should take precedence.”

Particularly odd was the decision to immediately seal Smollett’s court record. Even when individuals are acquitted of crimes, the court record remains accessible to the public until the individual seeks expungement—a 60- to 120-day process that entities such as the Chicago Police Department have an opportunity to contest.

But Smollett’s judge yesterday immediately sealed the case, and the case was removed from clerk electronic records within four hours, barring anyone from reviewing the matter. Foxx today said the sealing was an error that would be undone. As of midday on Wednesday, Smollett’s case had not returned to the clerk’s system.

Huh.

Read the whole thing to find out how many other people who filed false police reports were allowed to walk with no criminal record.

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