Is Lady Justice really blind?

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If you’ve recently endured the TV news or read the newspaper, you would have not missed the Jussie Smollett saga. It seems that Mr. Smollett faked his own mugging for the publicity to strengthen his acting career. An Academy Award for best actor, almost!

Of course, the liberal media jumped to attention immediately and labeled it a hate crime, which is exactly what Mr. Smollett was joyfully expecting. I will not go into the dreary details, but it turns out that everyone in the world admits Mr. Smollett lied, save one; Mr. Smollett.

The Chicago police charged Mr. Smollett with 16 counts of criminal intent. However, “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum” — or courthouse.

Prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against Mr. Smollett and accepted payment of the $10,000 forfeited bond and community service of two days as sufficient punishment and sent him on his merry way.

Of course, the Chicago police screamed loud enough to be heard in Detroit, which is understandable. Even Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and one of the most outlandish liberals in our country, was dismayed at this turn of events.

With the deceit of a hate crime in his thrust for accelerated fame, Mr. Smollett saw the perfect chance to use his ethnicity to cheat his peers and theatrical supporters with this subterfuge. The mimic mugging was a sure thing especially with the hanging noose left at the scene; so he thought. A Ku Klux Klan hood probably was not available. This scheme backfired because Mr. Smollett’s accomplices also desired publicity.

The courthouse is the place of ultimate justice for all — so I have heard. Now it is written that justice is blind and Lady Justice wears a no-see-through blindfold. Do you wonder that in this particular case why Lady Justice took a peep from the darkness of the perfection of justice and smiled down on Mr. Smollett? Now, I don’t want to believe as some hardliners proclaim that justice is not found at the courthouse, but this case sure makes you scratch your head for answers.

How comforting it would be if the intellectual legal minds would explain the ramification of this miscarriage of justice of the Chicago court system. We are supposed to have all kinds of checks and balances in all forms of government in this great nation. Our judges are supposed to be of untarnished integrity, yet this man is allowed to go back to his career with a slap on the wrist while the Chicago courthouse, et al, prepares for the next ruse.

Carl Hinson