Kim Foxx Fibs About Smollett’s Sweet Deal

Kim Foxx Fibs About Smollett’s Sweet Deal

Kim Foxx Fibs About Smollett’s Sweet Deal

Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County, IL, is sitting in a seat that’s getting hotter by the hour. While her office allowed Jussie Smollett to waltz away from any charges, the good people of Chicago are not so willing to let her skate.

First of all, while Foxx claimed that she recused herself from the Smollett case, it appears that she really didn’t recuse herself at all. Illinois state law requires that the SA must file a petition to recuse him or herself, whereupon a court would appoint a special prosecutor:

“[T]he State’s Attorney may file a petition to recuse himself or herself from a cause or proceeding for any other reason he or she deems appropriate and the court shall appoint a special prosecutor as provided in this Section.”

But Foxx didn’t file any such petition. Instead, she foisted the case off onto Joseph Magats, her first assistant. Her “recusal” was as fraudulent as Jussie’s hate crime story.

Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx. Cropped from Daniel X. O’Neil at flickr. CC by 2.o.

Furthermore, as Martin Preib, a Vice President with the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, asked:

“What underling is going to go against their boss’s wishes?”

And then there’s the sweetheart deal Kim Foxx gave to Jussie Smollett. But there’s nothing to see here, said Tandra Simonton, Foxx’s spokeswoman. We do this all the time:

“This is not a new or unusual practice. . . .We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett. The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped.” 

Kim Foxx herself defended her handling of the case on Chicago TV:

And if you believe that, I have some tickets to Chicago White Sox playoff games later this year.

However, the good folks at CWB Chicago, a Chicago crime blog, did a little digging into those claims. As a result, they found court records that tell a whole other tale.

First of all, Jussie Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts. It took only 33 days to resolve the case, which the state dropped. However, compare that to what happened to these poor schlubs who also made false police reports:

Tourists RR and KM were accused of falsely reporting to Chicago police that they were robbed of $20,000 in cash and property when their GPS led them into Lower Wacker Drive.

Days to resolution: 11 months (RR), 13 months (KM)
Outcome: RR pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two-years probation, 30 hours of community service, and fined $584. KM also pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to two-years probation, five days time served, 30 hours of community service, and she was fined $447. Both will have criminal records in Cook County.

Here’s a guy who claimed robbery at his restaurant:

JV reported that he had been restrained, battered, and robbed at gunpoint in the manager’s office of a restaurant that he operates. Police alleged that an investigation involving video review and witness statements revealed that no crime occurred. When confronted with the accusations, JV asked for an attorney, police said.

Days to resolution: Ongoing. The case is 50 weeks old.

And here’s what happened to a woman who filed a false battery report:

Police said CJ filed a false report for battery.

Days to resolution: 7 days
Outcome: Prosecutors reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. CJ pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of court supervision and 60 hours of community service. Because she was required to plead guilty, she has a criminal record.

However, those are only three examples, and you can read even more instances here. 

But Kim Foxx’s office is feeling such heat that on Wednesday this memo went out to supervising prosecutors:

“Nobody is in trouble,” reads that internal memo. However, it’s Kim Foxx who should be in deep doo-doo, but undoubtedly the politicos and cronies will let her off the hook. After all, Toni Preckwinkle, mayoral candidate and chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, was the one who steered Foxx into her job. As Chicago Tribune writer John Kass wrote: “But this is Chicago, and is there anything, really, that surprises Chicago anymore?”

That’s not likely, because this is just another example of the Chicago Way.

 

Featured image: cropped from Murati @ pixabay/pixabay license.

 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

4 Comments
  • MikeyParks says:

    Third-world “justice” delivered by third-world bureaucrats. This is the kind of legal system you’d find in Zimbabwe or Nigeria. Mutual back scratching rather than rule of law. Sickening!

  • GWB says:

    Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped.
    IOW, they dropped the charges for a $10,000 fine and stuff he already did, which had no connection to penance for his wrongdoing.
    Oh, and he did not actually admit guilt. He didn’t even do an Alford plea! Just charges dropped. POOF!

    This is dirty Chicago politics. Maybe, if Illinois can’t clean this up, the feds should step in, dissolve the state gov’t, return Illionois to a territorial status, and put themselves in charge of the local gov’ts.

    Oh wait…. Why does that remind me of some old story about foxes, guards, and henhouses?

    (Or, maybe, some people actually interested in real justice could get some ropes and some streetlamps….)

  • Blackgriffin says:

    She LIED.

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