OAN Press Room
UPDATED 9:19 AM PT – Friday May 31, 2019
The documents released in the controversial case of Jussie Smollett revealed that the prosecutors informed the Chicago police about an agreement reached a month before the charges against the "Empire" actor were publicly withdrawn.
Lawyers representing the media pressured Cook County courts to reverse the decision to seal Smollett's records to see what happened behind the scenes during the investigation. A judge approved the request to open records this week, opening 460 pages of documents to the public.
"We applaud that order, it's about transparency and trust in the system, and we believe that the public has a right to know what the government did here and why."
– Natalie Spears, media lawyer.
According to the lawyers involved in disapproving the documents, Smollett's files are simply a springboard to finding the truth behind state prosecutor Kim Foxx in dismissing the charges. Foxx wrote an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times in which he said he had welcomed an investigation into his office. However, she has been fighting against attempts of investigation by a retired judge of the Court of Appeals of Illinois.
"Now the judicial file is open, and that is a good first step, but there is still much to be done because it is not the judicial file that matters." It's Mrs. Foxx's file and the decision-making process about how this case was handled. " – Sheila O'Brien, retired judge
Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police, made a statement saying that the detectives did not transmit the information originally, as they badumed that the agreement included Smollett's admission failure. The city of Chicago is suing Smollett for the money spent on the investigation of what ended up being a false report of the "Empire" star.