This is all very weird. Smollett obviously has some issues deserving of compassion and may be in need of some counseling, to say the least. But legal approaches taking that into account could have been developed in a plea deal of some sort along the way. Approaches ought to stem from applying the law, including precedent, not from considering optics before or after decisions are made. This prosecutor's office seems not have access to, or not availed itself of, experienced legal thinking. Maybe they'll rethink t his and actually file some charges.
This reminds me of what a lawyer friend told me some time ago. After passing the bar exam, 80% of attorneys never look up anything. They just play "let's make a deal," while billing by the hour. Prosecutors and defense attorneys and judges are all in the same club. If something goes awry, no worries, usually. You just try another approach. It's telling that in the legal profession, copyright does not exist. They copy and paste anything and everything from any legal filing, without attribution. Anyway, by this accounting, it's often necessary to get to the appeals court stage before people start having to look stuff up, write legal briefs in support of arguments, etc.