A Cook County judge on Friday appointed former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb as special prosecutor overseeing the Jussie Smollett investigation, according to the Chicago-based publication Injustice Watch.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Toomin appointed Webb, who co-executive chairman of Winston & Strawn. In June Judge Toomin ordered an independent investigation into the handling of the charges against Smollett.
The former star of the television program “Empire” was accused of hiring two men to stage a hate crime against him in January to boost his salary.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against Smollett. Foxx has since contended her office handled the case the same as it would have for other first offenders accused of non-violent crimes.