THE LATEST: Illinois Bar Association Calls Jussie Smollett Dismissal 'An Affront to Victims of Hate Crimes'

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The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association weighed-in this week on the sudden decision to drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett; calling the abrupt move “abnormal” and “problematic.”

“The events of the past few days regarding the Cook County State’s Attorney’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case is not condoned by the IPBA, nor is it representative of the honest ethical work prosecutors provide to the citizens of the State of Illinois on a daily basis,” states the letter.

“The manner in which this case was dismissed was abnormal and unfamiliar to those who practice law in criminal courthouses across the State. Prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike do not recognize the arrangement Mr. Smollett received. Even more problematic, the State’s Attorney and her representatives have fundamentally misled the public on the law and circumstances surrounding the dismissal,” adds the anonymous author.

“This irregular arrangement was an affront to prosecutors across the State, the Chicago Police Department, victims of hate crimes, and the people of the City of Chicago and Cook County,” concludes the statement.

Read the full letter here.