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Jussie Smollett

In January 2019, actor Jussie Smollett told police he had been the victim of a hate crime. His account of what happened that night has been disputed, resulting in a messy, public legal battle with the city of Chicago, and an indictment against Smollett on criminal charges in early 2020.

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No cameras at Smollett trial next month, judge rules as he denies ‘Empire’ actor’s latest attempt to dismiss charges

Judge James Linn said he expects to start jury selection in the case and hear arguments starting Nov. 29.

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Kim Foxx can’t be questioned by Jussie Smollett’s attorneys at trial: Judge

Smollett’s attorneys also cannot mention various lawsuits linked to his case, Judge James Linn said.

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Jussie Smollett’s lawyers maintain former ‘Empire’ star’s innocence

Just last week, Cook County Judge James Linn ruled that Nenye Uche could defend Smollett but could not cross examine brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo if the case goes to trial.

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Former prosecutor can represent Jussie Smollett but can’t question Osundairo brothers: Judge

Nenye Uche was hired as Smollett’s lead defense attorney earlier this year, but Special Prosecutor Dan Webb objected, saying he had spoken with the Osundairo brothers before, and therefore, had a conflict of interest.

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Little revealed after closed-door testimony in Smollett case

Judge James Linn is expected to rule on Aug. 2 whether the former "Empire" actor can be represented by his latest attorney who is accused of having contact with two key witnesses in the high-profile case.

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Chicago mom who lied about baby being in stolen SUV doesn’t deserve harsh justice

Sade Owens made a bad decision when she told police her 7-month-old was in the vehicle, hoping to get them to quickly find it. But that shouldn’t ruin her life.

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ENDORSEMENT: Kim Foxx for state’s attorney — because Cook County can’t dare go back

The job of a prosecutor, Foxx understands, is not just to rack up convictions, but to fight for justice and real community safety.

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2 Cook County judges, indicted Ald. Ed Burke, 3 retired judges partnered in investment club

Judge Michael Toomin presides over the juvenile justice division and is running for retention in November. Judge James Shapiro hears family law cases.

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Conversation between key witness and attorney can’t be used as evidence in Smollett case, judge says

Judge James Linn also denied a request by Jussie Smollett’s attorneys to dismiss the ongoing criminal case against the former "Empire" actor.

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Michael Avenatti is sent subpoena in latest twist in Jussie Smollett case

Avenatti, who awaits sentencing for trying to extort Nike, made overtures as he considered representing the Osundairo brothers, an attorney for the ex-"Empire" actor tells Sneed.

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Judge blocks release of Webb’s investigative report into Smollett prosecution

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb said he needed permission from a judge to release a 60-page report.

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Special prosecutor finds ‘substantial abuses of discretion’ in Jussie Smollett case as he concludes investigation

Special Prosecutor Dan Webb did not find evidence to support filing criminal charges against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx or any other prosecutor.

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Voters deserve full story, spelled out by Foxx, of what went down in Jussie Smollett case

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx should simply admit she and her office did not handle the case properly.

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Osundairo brothers no longer cooperating in Smollett case: report

Abel Osundairo told CBS 2 Chicago that he and his brother, Ola, feel they are still being treated like defendants.

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State supreme court denies Smollett motion to toss new charges

Smollett was charged again last month with lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack last year near his Streeterville home.

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Smollett in town ahead of hush-hush meeting between lawyers, judge

The actor was given a new court date in the case alleging he faked a hate crime against himself.

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Veteran judge who once kept Oprah on a jury assigned Jussie Smollett case

Son of a judge, nephew of one of the world’s richest men, James Linn has spent 30 years on the bench in Cook County.

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges in hate-crime hoax case

The "Empire" actor made his first court appearance after being charged in a six-count indictment by the special prosecutor in the allegedly faked 2019 attack.

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Foxx focuses on reelection — not new Smollett indictment: ‘The charging of this case is not surprising’

With the March 17 primary looming, Foxx said she is focusing on "getting through the next several weeks" — and reminding voters there’s more to the job than Jussie Smollett.

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Judge who fought to get Jussie Smollett special prosecutor frozen out of case

Retired Judge Sheila O’Brien has been barred from filing motions as the ongoing special prosecutor probe continues.

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Who’s to say Kim Foxx won’t let some other famous defendant walk?

When Foxx dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett, that was more than — to quote your editorial — a "high profile" mistake.

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Special prosecutor indicts Jussie Smollett on new charges

The "Empire" actor has been charged again for allegedly faking a hate crime attack after the Cook County state’s attorney’s office dropped the charges.

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Smollett indictment puts Foxx back on defense

The timing of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb’s new indictment of Smollett, five weeks before Election Day, couldn’t have been worse for Foxx.

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Cops can’t trust Kim Foxx because she let Jussie Smollett walk

As the Sun-Times wrote, "the police deserved better."

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ENDORSEMENT: Kim Foxx for state’s attorney in Cook County Democratic primary

During Foxx’s tenure, the guiding philosophy of the state’s attorney’s office has undergone a sea change — and it’s a change that must continue.

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Kim Foxx: ‘We’ve not been perfect,’ but state’s attorney’s office now ‘model for the nation’

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx joined former prosecutors Bill Conway and Donna More, and former 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti for an appearance before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board Tuesday.

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Kim Foxx’s critics waste too much time on Jussie Smollett

There seems to be little time for the victims the Cook County state’s attorney’s office serves every day.

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Lightfoot lashes out at Smollett’s legal team

Mayor accuses Team Smollett of trying to "shift the blame to somebody else" with a subpoena for records about the internal investigation that got former police Supt. Eddie Johnson fired.

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Osundairo brothers: ‘Smollett’s scheme was accomplished’

The bodybuilding brothers’ lawyer says the actor "gained national and international fame" through the alleged attack.

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Jussie Smollett lawyers want reports on Eddie Johnson investigation

The "Empire" actor, who is being sued by the city, wants info about a probe launched after the ex-Chicago Police superintendent was found asleep in a running vehicle.

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Jussie Smollett special prosecutor seeks access to ‘Empire’ star’s Google accounts

A judge signed off on the warrant that seeks all of the actor’s emails, including drafts and deleted messages, his search history and even location data.

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Foxx’s defense in Smollett case is a waste of money

With a special prosecutor being appointed and now her hiring a law firm to defend her office, what is the running tab that we the taxpayers have paid out?