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Nation Aug 23Special prosecutor appointed to investigate Jussie Smollett case
The former "Empire" actor, who is black and gay, maintains that the January attack was not orchestrated. But if the special prosecutor, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, determines that the charges shouldn't have been dropped, he could recommend that they…
Nation Jul 25Prosecutor says more people could be charged in R. Kelly case
More charges and more defendants could be added to the federal case against R. Kelly in Chicago that currently alleges child pornography and other crimes by the R&B singer and two associates, a prosecutor told a judge Thursday.
Nation Jun 06R. Kelly pleads not guilty to additional sex charges
Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Nation May 20WATCH: Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor
Lori Lightfoot has promised to overhaul the police department in the nation's third-largest city.
Nation Apr 17After recusal, texts show prosecutor raised concern about ‘overcharging’ Jussie Smollett
Newly released texts and emails show Chicago's top prosecutor injected herself into the criminal case accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack in January. That's despite having recused herself from the case in February.
Nation Mar 26Jussie Smollett’s attorneys say all criminal charges dropped
Attorneys for "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that charges alleging he lied to police about a racist and homophobic attack have been dropped.
Nation Feb 25Lawyer enters not guilty plea for R. Kelly in sex abuse case
R&B star R. Kelly's attorney entered not guilty pleas on the singer's behalf Monday after Kelly was charged with sexually abusing four victims dating back to 1998, including three underage teenagers.
Nation Feb 24R. Kelly still jailed in lieu of bond payment
R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, remained jailed in Chicago on Sunday in lieu of a $100,000 bond payment that would allow him to go free pending his sex abuse trial.
Nation Feb 23R. Kelly ordered jailed on $1M bond at Chicago hearing
R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial…
Nation Jan 18Former Chicago officer sentenced to more than 6 years for Laquan McDonald murder
Jason Van Dyke was sentenced for second-degree murder. The case stemmed from the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.