An Illinois judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why state prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett, accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.
Cook County Judge Michael Toomin named former federal prosecutor Dan Webb as the special prosecutor in a hearing Friday after his surprise ruling in June that one was warranted.
Webb is the former U.S. attorney who led the "Operation Greylord" investigations into judicial corruption in Cook County, and is currently the co-executive chairman of Winston & Strawn LLP, according to his bio on the law firm's website.
A former state appellate judge, Sheila O'Brien, petitioned for a special prosecutor, leading to Toomin's ruling.
You can read Toomin's full ruling below: