The Fix Is In

In Chicago, “You can’t fight City Hall” apparently reaches to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Crimeshea Kim Foxx. Court Documents Reveal Dan Webb, Special Prosecutor In Jussie Smollett Case, Once Donated $1,000 To State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

So after Jussie Smollet (allegedly) invented a hate crime, and cops spent a boatload of taxpayer money investigating it, and then investigating him for making a false report, et cetera, Kim Foxx decided that all those felonies could just go away. After a call from the Obama’s attorney, or a friend who’s also an attorney, or whatever. The ethics officer for State’s Attorney’s office quit the next day. (Or 2.) So eventually a “special prosecutor” was appointed to decide if any laws were broken. In Cook County they don’t worry about ethics. They don’t even worry about laws all that much, unless they really, really get caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

But it turns out that this prosecutor is in fact “special,” but not in a good way.

The donation came from a fundraiser in October 2016 at the law firm Winston & Strawn, where Webb serves as a co-executive chairman.

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As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, Webb said he does not remember writing the check and thus did not tell the judge who appointed him. It is a potential problem for the recently-selected special prosecutor.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who calls the whole thing Business as Usual.

Will a State’s Attorney Plead the Fifth?

JusticeThat would make the “criminal” part of The Criminal Justice System really stand out. Column: Will State’s Attorney Kim Foxx plead the Fifth in her Jussie Smollett mess?

Though a Cook County grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts for allegedly faking a hate crime, Foxx’s office inexplicably dropped the charges. Her chief ethics officer, former assistant U.S. Attorney April Perry, later resigned.

What would happen to a prosecutor who takes the Fifth after she’s been accused of playing games with justice?

In Chicago, that’s business as usual.

Hat Tip to Second City Cop, who is trying to expand everyone’s vocabulary.

Our best guess is the Chicago Machine is in the midst of an internecine (look that one up) war between the Old Guard and the Prickwrinkle faction which is currently aligned with the Sparklefarts [That’s SCC-speak for the Obamas] people.

Judge Appoints Special Prosecutor to Investigate Cook County State’s Attorney

The dismissal of charges was a bit strange. Jussie Smollett incident isn’t over: Chicago judge appoints special prosecutor to investigate.

Judge Michael Toomin suggested that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had mishandled the case by appointing a top aide to handle it after she had purportedly recused herself.

In his ruling,Toomin said that Foxx, having recused herself, did not have legal authority to turn the case to over to another prosecutor in her office.

Smollett: The Case That Will Not Die

Just when I thought it was over, it starts up again. Jussie Smollett update: Judge rules to unseal records in ‘Empire’ actor’s case.

A judge ruled Thursday to unseal documents in the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

The records were sealed in March shortly after charges against Smollett were abruptly dropped by prosecutors. Attorneys representing the media, including ABC7, challenged the sealing of the records.

And in the quest to see if backroom deals amount to corruption… Tina Tchen refuses subpoena about her role in Jussie Smollett case, process server says.

Tina Tchen was Michelle Obama’s chief of staff.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in February that Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor before the charges were dropped. Foxx has acknowledged that she tried to persuade Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the investigation over to the FBI after the family member expressed concerns regarding leaked information about the investigation — information that media outlets attributed to “police sources.”

The Left: We Should Feel Sorry For Smollett

Because even if he isn’t a victim, he’s a victim. Or something. Jussie Smollett deserves punishment for hate crime hoax, but he also deserves compassion.

Jussie Smollett is not Lex Luthor; he’s more like an inept shoplifter caught trying to steal a canned ham. We should consider feeling sorry for him.

OK. I gave this the 1.6 seconds of consideration it deserves, and I will reserve my compassion for the numerous victims of REAL hate crimes. Like the guy who was beaten (it was on security camera video) on the night that Smollett said he beaten, but wasn’t really.

Smollett is an attention-whore, who was unhappy with his salary (which I’ve seen reported at 1.8 million dollars), and so he manufactured a hate crime to raise his level of public awareness. Well, I can honestly say that I had never heard of him before he pulled this stunt, so that much worked anyway. But he has been written out of the last 2 episodes of whatever show he’s on, and “it’s in doubt whether he’ll return to the show at all.” No kidding. I can honestly say that I hope he never works as an actor again, though I know that the people in Hollywood will forgive him eventually.

Something the Left doesn’t like to dwell on; actions have consequences. Welcome to The Real World™.

And one of those consequences is spelled out in the fable, The Boy Who Cried “Wolf.” Cynthia Tucker: False claims undermine real justice.

If “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is guilty, as Chicago police have charged, of falsely claiming he was the victim of a hate crime, he has done a grave disservice to the many Americans — black and brown, Muslim and Jew, gay and transgender — who have been or will be the actual victims of such attacks.

So no. I won’t have compassion for the idiot, Jussie Smollett. 30 years ago, I spent too much time helping to scrape friends off the sidewalk and take them to the hospital after real hate crimes. You see, if there is a violent crime, and cops don’t show up, the paramedics can’t come either. (It’s a violent crime!) And back in the day, one of the worst things you could do, was call the cops to the scene of a gay-bashing. They were bound to make a bad situation worse. So USA Today, and their “Let’s have compassion for the idiot who staged his own hate crime, and did a piss-poor job of it,” can go FUCK themselves. And take the asshole with them on the way out the door.

Smollett Arrested

This appears to be the state charges. Not sure if it include the federal charges for mail fraud. Judge scolds Jussie Smollett over allegations he staged racist, anti-gay attack: ‘Vile and despicable’.

Or as several people have pointed out… another FAKE hate-crime. If America was so awful, a) people wouldn’t be crashing the border to get in, and b) other people wouldn’t have to fake hate-crimes‡.

“First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language,” Johnson said. “When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process. … This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked.”

He should lose his job, but he won’t. He should go to jail.

Oh, and a bunch of Celebrities are unwilling to condemn Smollett. Wow, nobody at this Black Women in Hollywood event wants to condemn Jussie Smollett. You think they would have been so open minded if the fake crime had been perpetrated by someone conservative?

‡ And the real hate crimes would not be ignored.

A Tale of Two Hate Crimes

The reality of media bias highlighted in the course of 24 hours. On January 29, Two Hate Crimes Occurred. The Media Only Covered The Fake One. Here’s Why.

The first hate crime was of course the Jussie Smollett attack. He is black and gay, and everyone chimed in. From Speaker Pelosi, who has since deleted at least one tweet on the subject, to the media, to Hollywood, etc. It was a hoax. (More on that later.)

That same night, a Jewish man in New York was beaten by three thugs. Nothing was stolen. The attack was caught on video.

Outside of a report in The Jerusalem Post, the story received virtually no attention.

Hate crimes against Orthodox Jews are just not interesting to Hollywood, or Capitol Hill, or the media. And it isn’t only one hate crime. NYC has seen about double the hate crimes in 2019 versus the same period in 2018, and two thirds of those have been against Jews.

But back to the original article at the first link above…

The New York Times reported in October of last year that “there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.”

But it is hard to blame Trump for all of that, especially when a couple of the high-profile attacks on synagogues were carried out by a black Democrat. There was a hint of some coverage, and then the “black Democrat” part came to light, and the media lost all interest in anti-Semitic attacks in New York City.

But to the Left Jews are the enemy, and so antisemitism is of no interest, not even when it is on the rise.

On the subject of Jussie Smollett…. You can get some info about when his story began to disintegrate at And Just Like That, The Smollett Story Begins to Unravel, and the problems with sending terroristic threats through the mail at the posting Whoever Mailed the Threatening Letter to Smollett…

Whoever Mailed the Threatening Letter to Smollett…

They made a serious mistake. Smollett threat letter called “enormous mistake”; Purported attack location identified; Federal charges “certain”.

Since being created by Benjamin Franklin—yes, that Benjamin Franklin—the [United States Postal Inspection Service] has learned a few things about tracing mail-based crimes. Figuring out who mailed a letter has been made easier because, while most criminals know to wear gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, most criminals also forget to leave their cellphones at home when they go to the mailbox.

According to CWBChicago [Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown] there has already been stuff taken to a federal grand jury. The letter was mailed on January 18th.

Meanwhile, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has been quietly working on the origins of Smollett’s letter for nearly a month. Giving it far more “attention” than he knew.

Late Monday, CWBChicago received confirmation that the letter case has been before a federal grand jury and multiple subpoenas have been generated over the course of the investigation.

Possible charges, if it turns out to be a false flag, include “terroristic hoax” and federal obstruction charges.

And Just Like That, The Smollett Story Begins to Unravel

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. Smollett, two others in “active interviews” with Chicago police; Evidence of police “slow play” emerging.

That story about 2 MAGA-hat-wearing Hillbillies in Streeterville (perhaps the most expensive neighborhood, in one of the Bluest cities in American) never rang true. (Even before the cops said they couldn’t find them on any security camera.) Streeterville is the very definition of the Limousine Liberal Set.

The two “persons of interest” that have been talked about turn out to be African American and known to Smollett. One is an actor he has worked with in the past.

TMZ also reported that police used “rideshare and/or taxicab records” to identify the “persons of interest” and to track their movements on the night of the purported attack.

And if “rideshare” records from Lyft weren’t enough, there is apparently a receipt for the purchase of clothesline at ACE Hardware. (The “rope” in question, apparently.) What? Nobody who is cool uses CASH!

Nothing says “Bonehead” like leaving an electronic trail behind you while on your super-secret, covert operation to discredit people you don’t like.

Smollett this week turned over “heavily redacted” phone records from the night of the alleged attack. Guglielmi said the submitted documents did not meet the burden of a criminal investigation. Investigators already received Smollett’s complete phone records via a subpoena served on his service provider, according to a source close quoted by CWBChicago on Feb. 4.

A source familiar with the records provided by the Empire star states that Smollett downloaded his phone activity into a spreadsheet and then deleted certain phone calls before handing over the records. “He did the [detectives’] job for them because then they only had to focus on the numbers he deleted.”

That last sentence makes me smile. In the words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

In other news, Smollett hired the PR firm that handled stuff for Harvey Weinstein. Info on the PR firm being hired via Second City Cop – Paging Mr. Weinstein , and Second City Cop’s original take on the situation is at this link.

There should be a nice hot cup of Schadenfreude ready soon, with a hint of liberal tears added for sweetness.

No MAGA Hats in Streeterville

The real story from Second City Cop on the Jussie Smollett attack: “Making Gains” or not.

Well, that’s just bullshit. Would you like to know what detectives are telling us?

  • It never happened. CPD is wasting hundreds of man hours to solve a Grindr date gone bad. The “victim” is refusing all forms of cooperation, his “ear witness” isn’t cooperating, the Hollywood press is running with a non-existent narrative. The “persons of interest” are all but unidentifiable and left the area 20 minutes before the “attack,” not to mention the anonymous witness who saw a “hillbilly looking” character that not a single camera in a one mile radius has a picture of.

And that’s just from a couple of people working the case.

Streeterville is one of the most expensive areas in Chicago.

Home to some of the Downtown area’s most iconic landmarks, Streeterville offers a quiet respite from the bustle of the Loop without compromising convenience or character. Luxury high-rise buildings, major destinations like Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, and Museum of Contemporary Art, make Streeterville one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city– especially for those with an affinity for views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s characteristic skyline.

If you have ever visited Chicago, you will probably spend at least 1 evening in Streeterville. You might go shopping at Water Tower Place, or visit Navy Pier, or one of the many restaurants, or bars.