Smollett’s celebrity and political connections may have been factors in the decisions made by Cook County prosecutors throughout the course of this case, including State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to recuse herself. But the unfortunate truth is that such leniency isn’t rare in Chicago. Hardened criminals are constantly given sweet deals, with much more serious costs.
Read all of Rafael A, Mangual's essay in City Journal.
Which made me think to Carl Sandburg's great poem, "Chicago" and its reference to gunmen who kill and go free to kill again.
Here's a video of Mayor Rahm Emanuel reading the poem.