Chicago's mayor and police superintendent still thinks the "Empire" actor has been staging an attack on himself and even the lead prosecutor on the case said he still believes that Smollett carried out a crime. So, how did Smollett get cleared of all charges?
Here's what several CNN analysts had to say about the latest twist in the case and the possible reasoning behind it.
But no surveillance cameras captured the incident and one of the men was actually Smollett's personal trainer, the actor's attorneys said
If the prosecutors saw their case in their case , they had to do the "best they could do in the interest of justice."
"I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe they looked at the evidence and did not feel they could prove their case beyond reasonable doubt, "said Sara Azari, a criminal defense attorney.
Smollett's transformation from victim to suspect in reported attack captured national headlines. Celebrities and politicians have lent their fervent support and others have questioned the actor's claims.
Meanwhile, police have got into a difficult situation, Azari said.
He also pointed out that officers were "pissed" when they learned Smollett's alleged true motives. Authorities said he had staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary.
For Joey Jackson, CNN legal analyst and criminal defense attorney, police actions were an overstep.
"How did you ever get a fair trial when you have the superintendent going on 'Good Morning America' blasting him," he said.
"You have wonder if they overplayed their hand," added Jackson.
Were the brothers not credible?
The men eventually confessed to the alleged plot and appeared before a grand jury, but they were released without charges. Coates, and a former federal prosecutor, said the Osundairo brothers could have had a role in the prosecutors' decision to drop Smollett's charges.
"Maybe it's a matter of the two brothers who, as late as February and March, did not have a plea agreement," Coates said. "They may have recanted, meaning they changed their tune. How do you prove it then?"
CNN has reached out to the brothers' attorney for comment.
The Cook County State Attorney's Office dropped all charges against Smollett on Tuesday but released little about why it abandoned the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges.
The lead prosecutor in the case said they reviewed the case's facts and considered Smollett's volunteer service in the community as well as his willingness to forfeit his $ 10,000 bond. He also noted that Smollett had no prior felonies and was not a danger to the community
"It sounds like a deferred prosecution," said coates, the former federal prosecutor. , "she said. "
Speaking to reporters, Smollett's attorney, Patricia Holmes, denied that the decision of the prosecutors to drop the lawsuit from the prosecutor's office was not the most effective way to reach justice. charges were part of a deal or a deferred prosecution.
First Assistant State Attorney Joseph Magats, the lead prosecutor, told CNN Affiliate WLS that dropping charges did not mean the actor was exonerated.
When asked if he considered Smollett to be innocent, the prosecutor told WLS: "No."
"This is not a celebrity justice." This case is a very high profile for a district attorney's office to just hand over a gift of exoneration to Jussie Smollett, "Azari said.
The secrecy surrounding the details of the sudden dismissal of Smollett's charges has left some people calling for greater transparency from the prosecutors' office and has led to speculation.
A judge agrees to seal Smollet's court file at the request of his attorneys and without the opposition from the prosecutors.
Johnson, who had expressed his disappointment over the dismissal, criticized the move suggesting that defense attorneys brokered a deal to "circumvent the judicial system."
"Nothing changed but the fact that this guy got to the state's attorney's office somehow and they worked out a back door deal that threw the mayor and the police department under the bus. "said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, agreeing with Johnson.
Other legal analysts say the decision to keep records from public disclosure will stop the community from learning what really happened.
"We have a right as the American people know why these charges have been dropped." If Jussie is telling the truth, we should know that, "said Areva Martin, civil rights attorney.
Others like Cheryl Dorsey, and the retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, said the truth might come in another way
"We'll know that this is a real thing when Jussie's great, great legal team doesn 't sue Chicago PD for defamation or defamation, "she said.