“So while it’s frustrating – the nature of his offense – we treated Mr. Smollett in the same way we would treat similarly situated folks.”
A Chicago judge excoriated Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx earlier this month, accusing the controversial prosecutor of giving special treatment to “Empire” star and alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.
Candace Clark appeared before Judge Marc Martin on April 11 facing a felony count of making a false police report, FOX32 reported Wednesday.
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Prosecutors are calling on the 21-year-old Hoffman Estates resident to pay $2,800 in restitution and serve deferred prosecution for allegedly falsely telling police that money in her bank account had been stolen.
In a transcript obtained by FOX32, Martin brought up Smollett, whose 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report were dismissed by Cook County prosecutors in late March.
“I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett,” Martin said. “It’s a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it.”
“Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn’t have a high-priced lawyer,” he added, slamming prosecutors. “And this smells big time. Your office created this mess. There’s no publicity on this case. Press gets ahold of this; it’ll be the newspaper.”
“I’m not Jussie Smollett,” Clark told FOX32. “I wish I was, but it’s OK. I’ll get my justice.”
In late March, Foxx defended her office’s decision to drop all charges against the actor, telling CBS Chicago that Smollett’s “case was treated like the other cases that have gone through our alternative prosecution model.”
“He was given the same opportunity that thousands of others with the same level of offense, and the same criminal background, have had. The same opportunity,” Foxx said.
“So while it’s frustrating, the nature of his offense, we treated Mr. Smollett in the same way we would treat similarly situated folks,” Foxx told FOX32 around the same time.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, city police, media and outraged spectators have criticized the actions of Foxx and her office in the wake of the dismissal of charges against Smollett.
Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case on Feb. 19 because she had conversations with one of his family members when he was still being considered a victim of a crime, though she later claimed she “did not formally recuse herself.”
In a March 29 op-ed for The Chicago Tribune, Foxx defended her handling of the Smollett case as in the interest of public safety.
“I promised to spend my office’s finite resources on the most serious crimes in order to create communities that are both safer and fairer,” she wrote.
Last week, a selfie photo emerged showing Foxx posing with a community activist charged with assaulting law enforcement last year. Her office is actively involved in the prosecution of the man, Jedidiah Brown, who she is seen posing with in a Facebook photo.
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