Judge: Smollett Special Prosecutor Can Stay Despite Potential Bias

Stakes in the investigation are high

A Chicago judge ruled Friday that a former U.S. attorney examining the dismissal of charges against actor Jussie Smollett can stay on as special prosecutor, despite questions over a potential bias. 

The hearing Friday comes after Dan Webb revealed he co-hosted a fundraiser for Kim Foxx and donated $1,000 to her successful 2016 run for Cook County state’s attorney. He said he hadn’t recalled either until someone recently reminded him. 

Judge Michael Toomin said "there's no indication [Webb] harbors any bias." 

Foxx’s office in March abruptly dropped charges accusing Smollett of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself. 

Webb, a prosecutor-turned-star lawyer, is a highly respected, even legendary figure in legal circles. He insisted in court Friday he does not know Foxx.

"I've had no relationship whatsoever," he said. 

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