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Source: Cook County Sheriff’s Office / Cook County Sheriff’s Office

A Cook County judge may be appointing a special prosecutor to look into why prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.

According to reports, Friday’s hearing will be the first opportunity for Judge Michael Toomin to name a special prosecutor.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office charged Smollett in February with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for purportedly orchestrating the incident. A month later, prosecutors dropped all charges without explanation.

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