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The problem with Cook County's decision

Tuesday, on "The News & Why It Matters," Sara Gonzales, Stu Burguiere, Chad Prather, and Jeff Fisher discussed "Empire" star Jussie Smollett and the decision by the Cook County state attorney's office to drop all 16 felony charges associated with a false police report that Smollett filed Jan. 29.

In this clip, the panel highlighted the potential for more hoaxes in the future due to the precedent set by Cook County's decision and the possibility of the case going to federal court.

"It is problematic when a man goes on camera and says 'I am not my mama's son if I am lying' when we all know he's lying," Prather said.

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