Elder Patriot|For any prosecutor their most important asset is integrity. From Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s actions, it’s fair to conclude she is sorely lacking in that department.
Her decision to dismiss all sixteen counts that race hoaxer Jussie Smollett was originally charged with doesn’t pass the smell test.
Ronn Blitzer writes for Dan Abrams’ Law and Crime:
Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx‘s office has already acknowledged that when she said she was recusing herself from the Jussie Smollett case, she didn’t mean it in the “legal sense.” Now that Foxx’s text messages related to the case have been released, it doesn’t look like she meant it in any sense at all.
On March 8, well after the case was underway, Foxx weighed in on her office’s handling of the case. She even referred to being “recused,” appearing to know that her comments were pushing the limits of the word.
“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” she said in a text viewed by Law & Crime. Comparing Smollett’s case to her office’s handling of the R. Kelly case, she said, “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16.”
That might be true, but only to a limited extent. In today’s highly charged environment of race-based politics, giving Smollett a complete walk is unforgivable. And, nowhere is the Chicago way more real than when it comes to race-based politics.
Foxx then went further, giving her thoughts on how Smollett’s case should be handled.
“On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally,” she said. “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
This is a joke. Recusing yourself from a case means that you do not get involved. At all. Technically, Foxx’s office should have had nothing to do with the case at all, and the judge should have appointed a special prosecutor to step in and take over. That’s what would have happened if Foxx had really recused herself. I was disgusted when I read her office’s claim that when they mentioned recusal, “it was a colloquial use of the term rather than in its legal sense.”
Now, the fallout continues as members of her prosecutorial team have decided to resign.
Most recently, Chief ethics officer April Perry, who wrote a memo announcing Foxx had recused herself from the Smollett case, and veteran prosecutor and civil attorney Mark Rotert, announced they will be leaving on May 3, according to information obtained as part of a public records request by the Chicago Sun-Times.
This stinks so bad that even prosecutors, hardened by the Chicago way, are running for the exits.
Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen with the Obamas.
And, Tchen’s text message to Kim Foxx:
Nothing to see here.