Kamala Harris is 'at a loss' over Jussie Smollett's charges being dropped

Attorney Mark Geragos speaks during a news conference after his client R&B singer Chris Brown was ordered to remain in jail without bail for allegedly violating his probation at Los Angeles Superior court

"We are looking for examples of cases, felony preferable, where we, in excersing [sic] our discretion, have entered into verbal agreements with defense attorneys to dismiss charges against an offender if certain conditions were met, such as the payment of restitution, completion of community service, completion of class, etc., but the defendant was not placed in a formal diversion program", the email states.

The just resolution? Smollett will not spend time behind bars, but will perform "voluntary" community service and forfeit $10,000 bond - this, after Chicago Police accused him of paying Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage a hate crime that featured a noose, a bleach-like substance, racist and homophobic slurs, and the phrase "This is MAGA country".

The dismissal drew a backlash from the mayor and police chief.

Still angered by the prosecutor's decision, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel on Wednesday questioned whether Smollett received preferential treatment.

"No, there was no political influence in this case", Holmes responded. She said the charges Smollett faced were unlikely to have led to a prison sentence if he had been convicted. No one will ever know how much that has meant to me, and I will be forever grateful.

The internal email makes clear the State's Attorney's office was seeking to find comparable felony cases in which they dropped charges under similar conditions to the Smollett case. "And in this particular case, which is so extraordinary, I think there's a really good argument for public access".

'When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more hard for other victims of crime to come forward.

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Following Smollett's arrest last month, Harris issued a statement saying she was "sad, frustrated and disappointed". "It's highly, highly unusual", said Phil Turner, a Chicago defense attorney and former federal prosecutor with no ties to the case.

First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats said prosecutors "stand behind the investigation and the facts".

The case file has now been sealed, only adding to the confusion about exactly what happened and why. Foxx later recused herself from the investigation. "As a result, she did not have to seek the appointment of a special prosecutor".

"It makes no legal sense", he added.

The records conformed with the information included in court filings, including summaries of interviews with the Osundairo brothers who said Smollett gave them a $3,500 check and $100 in cash to buy the rope, ski masks, gloves and red baseball caps used in the attack.

"If people don't know how the justice system works, and more specifically, alternative prosecution diversion, pre-trial diversion, this would seem like an odd outcome" Foxx said, per CBS2 Chicago.

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