Smollett Lawyer Swipes at Chicago PD After Charges Dropped: They Shouldn’t ‘Try Their Cases in the Press’
Patricia Brown Holmes, the attorney representing Empire actor Jussie Smollett, spoke at a press conference on Tuesday to address the dropped charges against her client.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has confirmed that the charges against Smollett will be dropped and his record will be wiped clean after Chicago’s Police Department accused him of staging a politically-charged hate crime against himself. Holmes expressed her satisfaction with the motion for dismissal, then fielded questions about whether the decision entails a deferred prosecution.
“There is no deferred prosecution,” Holmes said, going on to explain that there was no deal with the state to drop the charges.
From there, Holmes chastised the Chicago PD by accusing them of using the press to “convict” Smollett without a trial and without letting investigations on his case to finish.
“We have nothing to say to the Police Department except to investigate charges, and not try their cases in the press but to allow matters to be investigated,” Holmes said. She declined to answer questions about whether she or Smollett would seek legal recourse over the charges.
The conference continued with Holmes countering several of the key elements from the allegations against Smollett — notably, the testimony from the two brothers Smollett alleged paid to attack him.
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