A Cook County judge has ruled a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the Jussie Smollett case, saying Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx had no authority to hand it off to her top deputy after announcing she recused herself. CBS 2's Megan Hickey reports.

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