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Judge: Smollett Special Prosecutor Can Stay Despite Potential Bias

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    Dan Webb to Stay Special Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case

    A judge ruled on Friday that high-profile litigator Dan Webb didn't pose a conflict of interest to the Jussie Smolett case for making a donation to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's campaign. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern reports. 

    (Published Friday, Oct. 4, 2019)

    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. 

    Chicago Releases 911 Calls From Jussie Smollett Incident

    [NATL CHI] Chicago Releases 911 Calls From Jussie Smollett Incident

    The city of Chicago has released two 911 calls made after 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. NBC 5's Patrick Fazio has the latest.

    (Published Monday, June 24, 2019)

    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.