Pros­e­cu­tor: Case against Smol­lett was weak

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - — NEW YORK TIMES

The pros­e­cu­tor who dropped dis­or­derly con­duct charges against ac­tor Jussie Smol­lett is de­fend­ing the de­ci­sion, say­ing her of­fice was un­cer­tain it had enough ev­i­dence to gain a con­vic­tion and wanted to fo­cus on big­ger crime in Chicago.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s at­tor­ney, wrote in an op-ed in The Chicago Tribune on Fri­day that there were “spe­cific as­pects of the ev­i­dence and testimony pre­sented” that made se­cur­ing a con­vic­tion un­cer­tain. She did not elab­o­rate.

Smol­lett, a star of the tele­vi­sion show “Empire,” claimed he was a vic­tim of a hate crime.

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