Judge Michael Toomin announced on Friday that he would not release the special prosecutor’s full 60-page investigative report into how state attorney Kim Foxx handled the Jussie Smollett case.
The hearing was held at the Cook County Juvenile Building in Chicago.
Investigating Special Prosecutor Dan Webb last week ruled that the office had abused its discretion in the case against the actor, but had done nothing criminal.
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Webb told Justice Toomin he needed permission to release the full report because it contained confidential grand jury documents. Webb said the public needs to see the evidence he has uncovered to “restore public confidence” in criminal justice.
Ruben Castillo, a former federal judge who now represents Foxx, argued that the state attorney’s office should be allowed to review documents in private and provide comment before they are presented to the public.
Castillo has requested five working days to review the special report. “We are not in any way trying to delay this,” he said.
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In a statement on the findings of his investigation, Webb sharply criticized the handling of the Smollett case by Cook County state attorney Kim Foxx and her deputy prosecutors, saying their treatment was marked by disarray and misleading statements.
In March of last year, Foxx’s office surprised and angered many in Chicago by dropping charges that accused the former “Empire” star of staging a racist and homophobic attack on him. -even. Smollett is still adamant that the attack was real and not a hoax.
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Julius Young of Fox News contributed to this report.