Prosecutors dismiss charges against Smollett, draw backlash

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  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    March 27, 2019 12:20 p.m.

    What a sad day for blind justice in America and especially Chicago. Not since Al Capone has something so outrageous taken place in Chicago.

    This one has to be pursued with all vigor by the FBI. No sane person would have offered this sort of deal. The prosecutors and the judge need full scrutiny to find out what their motives were and how this played out.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    March 27, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    Heard Alan Dershowitz say the other day something like "we should not substitute wishful thinking for serious legal analysis".

    Seems that wisdom could be applied to many situations we deal with today including this one.

  • 2 bit Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 27, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    @LOU Montana
    RE: "Every city has a budget and prosecuting a trump operative and spending millions is a waste of time"...
    What in the world are you talking about?

    Who is the "Trump operative" being prosecuted here?

    I mean I know everything is about Trump to you guys, but what does this story have to do with Trump? I don't get it.

    Is Smollett now a Trump operative?

    I mean his whole fake story was intended to cast aspersions at Trump (with the MAGA bologna). How would you Assume he's a Trump operative?

    You saw Rahm Emanuel was also upset that the charges were dropped. I don't think this guy has anything to do with Trump (besides trying to play on the left's fears of Trump and MAGA)

    Who's the Trump operative in this story?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 27, 2019 5:33 a.m.

    Every city has a budget and prosecuting a trump operative and spending millions is a waste of time.

  • Bob Tanner Price, UT
    March 27, 2019 5:30 a.m.

    With the preponderance of evidence against him, the outcome of this case follows the O.J. Simpson case. Evidence seems to be losing its importance when issuing a verdict. Another sad day for American justice. Celebrity over
    common sense and indisputable evidence.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    That prosecutor has some more explaining to do.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 6:12 p.m.

    As it is Chicago, no surprise. Some of the most corrupt politics next to Washington D.C. We have lost our way in this country regarding justice regardless of what race is involved.

  • windsor Logan, UT
    March 26, 2019 5:37 p.m.

    Kinda surprised that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was so incensed at this decision.

    Good for him.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    March 26, 2019 5:16 p.m.

    Complete, 100% travesty of justice. I hang my head more every day in disbelief and shame at America today. Whoever let Jussie Smollet of the hook is going to pay for their dishonesty just like Jussie will.

    You can run from justice, but you can't run forever.

    To my fellow conservatives and patriots: "hang by a thread" does not mean "break". Keep the faith.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 26, 2019 5:13 p.m.

    How can anyone now have a shred of confidence in our justice system after this travesty?

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2019 4:05 p.m.

    There needs to be an investigation into this. Sounds like some sort of Chicago no less, whoda ever thunk it?

    Let's have a peek at some kind of justice in the country.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2019 3:45 p.m.

    Celebrities can get away with almost anything I guess.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 26, 2019 2:51 p.m.

    This is clearly a case of racial injustice - just the opposite of what usually is claimed. Maybe Smollett can be Avenatti's choice for the Vice President. . . This is truly a sad day for our country - if this travesty stands.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:55 p.m.

    friends in high places

  • Yorkshire Logan, UT
    March 26, 2019 1:07 p.m.

    Could NOT believe this!

    Must have been some stings pulled....

    Would someone who was making up a lie that was the opposite of his have fared this well??

    I think not.

    Apparently even some lies and fake accusations have 'political correctness' that can get you off......

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    RE: "It's a sad day for America"...
    The sad day for America was back when he hatched and carried out this plan, to use our prejudices and stereotypes for people he doesn't like to drive a fake narrative (that he assumed would sound so believable that we would all just swallow it. And he would be an instant media-hero in his circles for enduring this fake attack.

    That's the sad part. It's just compounded by the police saying, "it's OK, I guess he didn't mean no harm", and drop the charges.

    What will be Extra-Sad is if he STILL becomes a media-hero from doing this.

    He's still getting media attention. And that's what he wanted. So I guess in a way he got what he wanted (just not in the way he expected).

    If he's still insisting he did nothing wrong... then I have no respect for him, and won't be making a hero out of him.

    I want to hear an apology if he's ready to admit what he did.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    March 26, 2019 12:28 p.m.

    It's a sad day for America.

  • poyman Draper, UT
    March 26, 2019 11:50 a.m.

    Shameful... Absolutely shameful.

    But predictable in the city of Chicago... There is one set of laws for white folks and a very different one for leftest minorities.

    The left wants reparations and so do I... I want Smollett to pay for the cost involved in chasing down an anti Trump fake accusation. The tax payers deserve it

    Had this guy been white or conservative the news would be non-stop for weeks about how this country discriminates... The sad truth is in today's world we do discriminate... only it's an inverse discrimination.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 26, 2019 11:32 a.m.

    Are we all in favor of 'unequal justice for all'?? Someone needs to serve some jail or prison time for this fiasco. The way this has been handled severely calls into question whether there is equal justice under the law - as it is practiced in Chicago, at least. Surely the MSM will call for a credible and rational explanation from the prosecutors, won't they? Won't they? You don't think they would just ignore this and continue to focus of the collusion thing, do you?

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    March 26, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    Now imagine if this was a White person who had perpetrated a hoax crime against Black Americans. Would he be let off the hook because of *unrelated* community service?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 26, 2019 10:19 a.m.

    So why would they drop the charges? Nothing has changed indicating he is innocent of the charges.

    Charges being dropped does not mean you are innocent. Also doesn't mean you are guilty. Just means now we will never know for sure.

    I suspect they were dropped if he agreed to go into mental health treatment And the DA decided adding the stigma of a conviction wouldn't help his healing process.

    As long as he gets mental help, and figures out what's real and what's fake, and doesn't go around planning fake attacks and involving Real police and real people and real investigations into tracking down attackers he knows are fake in the future... we're good.

    I wonder why he threw the "MAGA" angle into his fake story? Prejudice? Red meat for his target audience? I don't know why that would be important to throw into his made up story.