Not-So-Special Treatment

By Rafael A. Mangual:

Smollett’s wrist-slap is a symptom of a much bigger problem in Chicago.

Yesterday, despite overwhelming evidence of Jussie Smollett’s guilt, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office moved to end proceedings in the disgraced actor’s case in exchange for a few hours of Smollett’s “voluntary” community service and the forfeiture of a $10,000 bond. The public reacted with outrage.

Smollett’s celebrity and political connections may have been factors in the decisions made by Cook County prosecutors throughout the course of this case, including State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to recuse herself. But the unfortunate truth is that such leniency isn’t rare in Chicago. Hardened criminals are constantly given sweet deals, with much more serious costs.

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