Regarding Smollett’s forfeiture of a $10,000 bond, Emanuel said the amount “doesn’t even come close to what the city spent in resources” while investigating the case. Emanuel said the “ethical cost” was even greater than the financial cost. “To use the very laws and principles and values behind the Matthew Shepard [hate crime laws] to self-promote your career is a cost that comes to all the individuals, gay men and women, who will now be doubted” when reporting hate crimes, Emanuel said.
“Our city’s reputation was dragged through the mud,” the mayor said.
I assume that the City could attempt to recover at least the cost of the investigation based on allegedly false and/or misleading reports to police. My understanding is that civil suits are separate from criminal cases, so the City’s decision about a lawsuit is independent any decisions by prosecutors.
Should the Chicago Government sue Smollett for damages in this case?
I don’t buy Rahm’s indignation for one second. There is no way that the state’s attorney went against the wishes of the mayor and chief of police. This is nothing more than a lib show to get a lib off scott free.
Let the FBI investigate that letter. He may or may not be free and clear. At this point in politics, we really need to look at those around the defense and prosecution for shananigans. As tor the brother himself, if the FBI gives him a pass and there are no federal charges, or, if the chicago illinious political machine refuse to charge him, he is good to go.
And i said let the FBI investigate the letter. If there is no there there, let the brother walk. Then move on. American justice has the final say. Not besmiching the brother for the dismissal. If he took an alfred plea that is the way it goes.