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The decision by Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to drop charges that “Empire” actor Jussi Smollett organizer of a racist, anti-gay attack has drawn the scorn of not only the mayor of Chicago and the members of the enforcement of the law, but a national group that claims to represent thousands of attorney offices.
The National District Attorneys Association, did the prosecutor’s handling of the case, including Foxx’s decision to recuse themselves for Smollett was indicted last month because she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was then handed over to the First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats.
“At first, when an attorney general recuses him-or herself, the recusal should apply to the whole office, not just the elected or designated officer of justice,” the group said in a press release. “This is in line with the best practices for the public prosecutor in the whole country.”
The group, which claims to represent approximately a height of 2700 prosecutors’ offices throughout the country, also said that the officers of justice “must not in the opinion of politically connected friends of the defendant.”
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“In each case must be approached with the goal of justice for the victims, while the protection of the rights of the defendant, the group said.
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E-mails and sms messages to the Chicago Sun-Times by Foxx office show former first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff Tina Tchen will be contacted Foxx a few days after the report of the attack to set up a phone call with a Smollett family member.
Foxx told the Sun-Times the relative worry about leaked information that the media attributed to “police sources.” Foxx former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Eddie Johnson to ask him to let the FBI investigate the alleged attack. The contacts were cited by Foxx in recusing himself from the case on Feb. 13, for Smollett was brought.
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In an interview with WBBM-TV on Wednesday, Foxx said that no one tried to intervene on Smollett’s behalf, despite the e-mails showing that she was approached by people linked to Smollett about the case.
“There was no attempt whatsoever to influence the outcome of this case,” she told the tv station. “No.”
Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx told FOX32 5,700 people have participated in the “alternative prosecution cases,” such as Jussi Smollett.
Smollett forfeiture of his $10,000 bond and do community service in exchange for the dropping of the charges is also a point of criticism by the district attorney’s group.
“Third, when a prosecutor seeks to resolve a matter by means of distraction, or any other alternative to prosecution, it should be done with a recognition of fault on the part of the defendant, the group said. “A case with far-reaching consequences of Mr Smollett’s should not be resolved without a determination of guilt or innocence.”
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Foxx defended her office’s actions in a separate interview with FOX32 on Wednesday, saying that the dropping of the charges” in no way speaks” Smollett.
“He was charged with a Class 4 felony. I mean he has no background. If I look at similarly situated persons, who are charged with the same level of crime without a background, I believe in this case, justice was appropriate,” she said. “Again, I did not make that decision, he was made use of alternative prosecution model that someone without his wealth, without his fame, were also helped.”
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They also said that 5,700 people have participated in the “alternative prosecution cases,” with similar results.
“Although it is frustrating, the nature of his offense, we treated the Lord Smollett the same way you would treat in the same way is on people,” Foxx told FOX32.
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An internal e-mail of the Foxx office and obtained by Fox News on Wednesday asked assistant state attorneys to dig for some examples in support of its contention that the dropped charges in the Smollett case is not as unusual or shocking as they seemed.
The e-mail read in part: “We are looking for examples of cases, crime preference, where we, in the exercise of our discretion, have entered into oral agreements with defense attorneys to close against an offender if certain conditions are met…”
An internal e-mail from Kim Foxx office and obtained by Fox News asked the workers to dig for examples of amplification of Foxx’s claim that the lost cost in the Jussi Smollett case is not as unusual or shocking as they seemed.
The e-mail added, “No one is in trouble, we are just looking for more examples of how we, as the public prosecutor, use our discretion in a manner that restores the victim…”
It was not clear who the sender is, and exactly when it is sent. But the e-mail obtained as Foxx part in a series of interviews defending her office’s decision. The statement of the group for President, Trump announced Thursday that the FBI and Justice department will review the “outrageous” decision to drop charges in the Smollett case.
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A lawyer for Smollett late Wednesday blasted the Chicago officials, they say, ” continues her campaign against Jussi Smollett after the charges against him were dropped.”
Actor Jussi Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his indictment was withdrawn, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago.
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Patricia Brown Holmes said that the case is closed.
“We all need to allow the Lord Smollett to continue with his life as a free citizen,” she said in a statement.
Fox News’ Matt Finn in Chicago, and Frank Miles, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.