Candace Clark now has a new private lawyer – for free – and you could say she owes it to Jussie Smollett.
"I read the article and said," It's not fair that Candace is treated differently just because she's unconnected, "attorney William E. Conway said Wednesday morning in front of a courtroom in Rolling Meadows.
Conway referred to a story from the April 25 Chicago Sun-Times about Clark, 21, an employee of Hoffman Estates Home Depot, whose case of a disorderly conduct committed the wrath of Cook County Judge Marc Martin, attracted attention. The judge at Rolling Meadows sharply criticized the prosecutor in early April and asked why Clark is being treated differently than Smollett, the "Empire" actor.
She met her new lawyer on Wednesday morning – and did not know that he offered her his help until he showed up in Rolling Meadows.
"It's divine," she said brightly.
Like Clark, Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct for submitting a false police report. She was charged in October 2018. Smollett was charged earlier this year in a case that attracted worldwide attention after the actor claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime in the city center, which was a trick, according to the police and prosecutors, to advertise.
The case took a bizarre turn when it turned out that Chicago lawyer Tina Tchen contacted Cook County State attorney Kim Foxx about the Smollett case. Tchen, the chief of staff of former First Lady Michelle Obama, is a friend of the family Smollett and wanted to bring her into contact with Foxx.
As a result of this contact, Foxx referred to the Smollett case. The case against the actor was abruptly discontinued earlier this year – a move that drew widespread criticism. At that point, prosecutors said that Smollett was not given preferential treatment and that he had agreed to forfeit $ 10,000 in bond monies.
However, in early April, Judge Martin stated that Clark is not a "movie star" and is not receiving the same treatment from prosecutors. At that time, prosecutors offered Clark a "deferred law enforcement" requesting them to repay some $ 2,500. She participated in regular court hearings and received a G.E.D. and either prove a job or do community service.
Due to Martins statements in court, Clark refused to sign the deal.
Conway said he needed to spend some time reviewing the case before informing Clark of their next move.
"I'm not (Smollett's lawyer) Mark Geragos, I'm not Tina Tchen, but despite that, Candace deserves as good a defense as Jussie, even if she is not a connected person," Conway said.
Marin set the next court date for June 6.