Napolitano Reacts to Smollett’s Charges Being Dropped: ‘This is Almost Unheard Of’
Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano was stunned by news that police had dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, who was indicted just last month on 16 counts for allegedly faking a hate crime in Chicago.
“It sounds as if the government has asked to dismiss its own indictment,” Napolitano said. “Quite frankly this is almost unheard of.”
Napolitano noted that the Chicago police decried Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime, explaining how incredible it is that the 16 count indictment — which Napolitano said was “overkill” from the start — was reversed.
“The police were furious they had been played, in their view, and used, by Jussie Smollett,” he said, explaining the hefty indictment.
As Napolitano analyzed the news, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office issued a statement explaining the decision:
“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”
After reviewing the statement, Napolitano said, “This is beginning to sound to me more and more as though it is some hybrid form of deferred prosecution.”
“It is not an acknowledgement by the government that it couldn’t prove their case, it’s some sort of act of mercy on the part of the government,” he said.
Napolitano noted that Smollett’s forfeiture of his bond is a sign the case was not defective: “If their case is so defective they have to have it dismissed, he is entitled” to the money back, Napolitano said.
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