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Judge Stands By Decision To Appoint Special Prosecutor In Jussie Smollett Case
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Judge Stands By Decision To Appoint Special Prosecutor In Jussie Smollett Case

Chicago (CNN)A Chicago judge Wednesday denied a request by Jussie Smollett's lawyers that a replacement judge be assigned in the former "Empire" actor's special prosecutor case, in addition to rejecting other motions put forward by Smollett's team.

Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Get caught up on the Jussie Smollett saga 02:28 Originally suspects, the brothers were cleared when prosecutors announced Smollett had orchestrated a hoax. They then testified against the actor. Smollett's lawyers had hoped to use the brothers' testimony to reveal inconsistencies in their stories, as they are the only two witnesses in the case. Bodycam footage yields new details No timeline has been provided for when Toomin will select a special prosecutor. Last month, Toomin approved the appointment of a special prosecutor to independently investigate the handling of Smollett's case to "restore the public's confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system." The prosecutor is being tapped to review the decision by State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office to dismiss the charges against Smollett. Smollett faced 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct, but weeks later prosecutors dropped the charges, with Foxx's office citing "Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and his agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago." The special prosecutor will have the authority to pursue charges for any crime she or he believes was committed during the investigation, Toomin said. The prosecutor can also choose to prosecute Smollett, the judge said.