This being Chicago, who knows? The usual workings of the Chicago Way suggest that they probably will.
To ask the question is to wonder whether:
- Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Illinois’ chief law enforcement officer, will review how Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx handled the case that saw her office drop 16 felony charges that had been handed up against Jussie Smollett for filing a false police report.
- Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, and LeRoy K. Martin, Jr., Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, will examine the conduct of Circuit Judge Steven Watkins, who quickly, without explanation, not only accepted the stunning deal but also sealed all the case records from public view. Not unlike the rising tide wipes out footprints in the sand.
- The U.S. Department of Justice can find a reason or standing to investigate the dismissal, as directed by President Donald Trump and requested by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will successfully tag Smollett for the full cost of the police investigation.
- The Chicago Bar Association, the National Association of Attorneys General and other groups considering themselves professionals, police their own by diving deeply into the legal and ethical dimensions of the case. (UPDATE: Two law groups rip Kim Foxx’s handling of the case.)
- The grand jury (if it is still sitting) that indicted Smollett will be so offended that it issues new indictments. Such panels have been known to become “runaway grand juries,” taking it upon themselves to see that justice is done. Keep in mind that double jeopardy doesn’t apply because Smollett never went to trial
- The public clamor will be so intense that Foxx will be replaced with someone who will reinstate the charges and bring the case to trial.
- The local, county and state Democrat political machine, in a desperate act of survival from the consequences of their hinky habits finally crack down on corruption.
These are only some of the mussings that I, not a lawyer, have about how to deal justice to the smirking, unrepentant Smollett. And Foxx, his handmaid. I’m guessing that those more familiar with the law will disagree or come up with their own avenues to justice.
There’s always the possibility of federal charges will be pursued against Smollett for the alleged threatening letter to himself, in possible violation of federal laws. But that doesn’t right the wrong of the dismissal of the local charges against Smollett in the present case.
What’s at stake is the integrity of Cook County and the state of Illinois criminal justice system.
So, is it too much to hope that the Smollett case has focused such a withering national and global spotlight on the Chicago Way that the Machine pols will have to jettison one of their own? It’s happened before, but the replacement usually is just another gonif.
Will the glaring exposure of the corruption, fraud, graft, venality, malfeasance, misfeasance and incompetence of our local and state governance scare away more potential Amazons or fed-up residents and business from a state whose reputation is lower than its bond ratings?
Or a better question: Will the sheep, nay, the deplorables, who continue to elect Machine creatures to office finally wake up?