"By doing so, the court can not credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed", the decision said. Smollett wanted to keep the case under wraps - but something Smollett did after the case really hurt him.
The judge added, "These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply to be let alone".
Smollett's attorney had argued that the public didn't need to see the evidence in order to be kept informed about the "process" of the case. "By doing so, the court can not credit his privacy interest as good cause to keep the case records sealed".
The ruling by Cook County Judge Steven Watkins comes after he heard oral arguments last week from attorneys over the case file, which was sealed in March, NBC Chicago reported. It will be an uphill battle, though, as the original decision to seal the case was nearly as unusual as the decision to let Smollett off the hook.
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The actor's attorneys argued in court on May 16 that the records in the case should remain sealed to maintain Smollett's right to privacy. "After the March dismissal, he stood in front of numerous cameras... in the courthouse lobby speaking about the case".
The records are expected to be unsealed Thursday. The Chicago Police Department, has already released a number of douments related to their investigation into whether Smollett was involved in his own attack, but the court file will likely cover what was given to the prosecutor's office, and contain documents filed in relation to Smollett's alleged "plea deal". The lead prosecutor said they reviewed facts and considered Smollett's volunteer service in the community as well as his willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond. Though Foxx has publicly said she'd welcome an independent probe into her office's decision, she has fought an effort by a retired IL appeals court judge to force the appointment of a special prosecutor.
The actor had been charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when telling them that two masked men beat him in January in downtown Chicago, shouted slurs at him, doused him with a chemical substance and looped a rope around his neck.
In her petition, O'Brien highlighted how Foxx said she recused herself in the early stages of the investigation - only to claim later that it was not a recusal "in the legal sense" that would have required the entire office to withdraw from the prosecution.