Two-tiered justice system is to be reviled, not revered

There is compelling evidence that Jussie Smollett filed a false police report. This offense is a misdemeanor punishable by jail, a fine, and probation. Given that the evidence was compelling and that Smollett was indicted by a grand jury, his case would normally be heard in a court of law where an impartial judge and jury would have decided whether he was guilty or not. Instead, a prosecutor for the State of Illinois, one Ms. Kim Foxx, was persuaded by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff to drop the charges.

By dismissing the charges against Smollett, Ms. Foxx did not exonerate him — only a judge in court of law can do that. Since she was complicit in perverting the justice system, she should be disciplined by the Illinois State Bar if not removed from her office altogether; disbarment should not be off the table. The court of public opinion will have to be the judge of Ms. Obama’s former chief-of-staff’s unethical and improper interference in the Smollett case.

Smollett thinks he got off scot-free but I think he’ll be followed by a presumption of guilt, not innocence, for a very long time. If he’s a Democrat then he deserves to be presumed guilty in the same way his fellow Democrats presumed guilty others in the past starting with Clarence Thomas, Roy Moore, Brent Kavanaugh and Donald Trump, none of whom were Democrats at that time.

Lady Justice is supposed to be fair and impartial but in the case of Smollett, she wasn’t; this is just more proof that there’s one set of rules for the well-connected and another set for the everyone else.

A two-tiered justice system is one to be reviled, not revered.

CHARLES F. HEIMERDINGER

Edinburg