connectVideoKim Foxx called Jussi Smollett a ‘washed up celeb who lied to the police’
New texts with questions about Foxx’s recusal; Todd Piro reports on ‘Fox & Friends.’
A Cook County judge recently called controversial Attorney Kim Foxx, to maintain a double standard by prosecuting a woman for filing a false report — but dropping similar charges against warring “Kingdom” actor Jussi Smollett.
Foxx has faced intense criticism over her office’s decision to drop a 16-count indictment against Smollett, only a few weeks after bringing the charges against the high-profile TV star. Foxx, a deal with Smollett, who does not require him to admit guilt, drew the ire of the public, the city of the highest cop and the former mayor, who called it a “whitewash of justice.”
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Cook County Judge Marc Martin, of the presidency of an independent case, punished Foxx and her office for the creation of a situation in which someone is charged with filing a false tax return would expect the same leniency in her office offered Smollett.
Candace Clark, 21, faces a felony count of making a false declaration. The prosecutors accused her of giving a friend access to her bank account and then told the authorities the money had been stolen. She denies the charges and claims she is the victim of Foxx double standard — something that the court weighed in on.
“Well, Ms. Clark is not a movie star, she doesn’t have a high price lawyer, while her lawyer is very good. And this smells big time,” Martin said prosecutors during a recent court hearing, Fox 32 reported. “I didn’t create this mess, your office made of this mess. And your explanation is insufficient for this court. She is being treated differently.”
The court continued, “There is no publicity about this case. They don’t have Mark Geragos as her attorney, or Ron Safer or Judge Brown. It is not good. And (if) I go, in this case, you’re just digging yourself further into a hole. (If the press gets a hold of this, will be in a newspaper. Why is Mrs. Clark is treated differently than Mr. Smollett?”
Foxx recused himself from the Smollett case in February, but continued the supervision of the research by means of sms-messages with her assistant Joseph Magats.
The text messages revealed Foxx called Smollett a “washed up celeb who lied to the police.” They also show she cautioned Magats about throwing the book on Smollett.
“Sooo……I am recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 count on a class 4 annex A,” Foxx wrote Magats on 8 March.
“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to the police, 16. A case that is eligible for deferred prosecution, I think it is an indication of something we should be looking for in general. Just because it can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” she added, referring to the case of the R&B singer R. Kelly, who was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with four women, three of whom were minors.
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President Trump said last month he asked for a federal review of Foxx’s decision to drop the charges against Smollett. He also called the actor “an absolute disgrace for our country.”
The Smollett case garnered national attention and threatened to tear Chicago apart. The pit of the police and the mayor against the prosecutors and underscores the idea that rich people are somehow above the law.
Smollett told the police that he was attacked on Jan. 29 around 2 a.m. as he was returning home from a sandwich shop in Chicago. He said two masked men shouted racist and anti-gay insults, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. He claimed that they shouted, “This is a BIG country” — a reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
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After an intense investigation, police said Smollett staged the entire incident to drum up publicity for his career.
Smollett strongly denied the allegations.