Just a quickie research foray into what happens to the perpetrators of hate crime hoaxes convinces me that indeeD, Smollett received no more than equal treatment for this class of offenders.
Crysral Magnum, the Duke Lacrosse hoaxer, was not charged in that incident, and went on to a spectacular criminal career. Jackie Oakley was never charged in theUVA frat case. We don’t know the names of the ersatz victims exposed since Trump’s election, the perps of hijab-ripping hoaxes, the fake noose incidents, so it’s difficult to research what happened to ‘em. But the one and only prosecution I could find was for the gay organist of a Prog Episcopal Church who defaced his sanctuary by spray painting “Heil Trump!” He was charged with a mere misdemeanor, not a hate crime. I’m sure he’s still blowin’ the pipes at that sacred enclave of PC worship.
So, let’s hear no more about Smollett getting special treatment, about this case as an anomalous “whitewash of justice”.! This outcome is the rule, not the exception.
Indeed, if Smollett hadn’t gotten cleared, I think he’d have a case for a civil rights action on the grounds that he was treated more harshly than other “similarly situated” perps.