Foxx's fumble bad news for Chicago cops: attorney

Thursday, April 18, 2019
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Police raidA former criminal prosecutor is arguing that state's attorney for Cook County, Illinois, may have jeopardized the future of law enforcement in Chicago.

Though she issued a statement in February saying she was recusing herself from the Jussie Smollett case, Kim Foxx sent text messages to her top assistant in which she referred to Smollett as a "washed up celeb who lied to cops" about a hate crime attack on himself. Foxx went on to say that "just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should."

"Lying to a police officer in a criminal investigation is a criminal offense, which is why grand jurors in Cook County indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 counts of that criminal offense," attorney and radio host Abraham Hamilton III said Wednesday on American Family Radio.

Even so, the state's attorney's office made the decision to drop charges against Smollett.

"I think Kim Foxx made the decision that because Jussie Smollett happens to have a darker skin color and is a homosexual man … she decided she did not want him to face the same type of criminal prosecution that anybody else similarly situated would have had to face," Hamilton continued.

Hamilton

The "galling" result, according to Hamilton, is that Foxx "is now complicit in the complete embarrassment and undermining of the authority of the Chicago Police Department."

So what would that mean in legal proceedings?

"As a trial attorney, the first thing I would do – if I was representing a charged party who was arrested by the Chicago Police Department – is I would say, How do you know this is any different from Jussie Smollett?" explained the former prosecutor.

"Because don't forget: he has said that he has never lied – and the fact that he did not lie is supported by the reality that the state's attorney dismissed the charges. So in my mind she has jeopardized the entire future prospect of law enforcement in one of the most dangerous cities in America!"

The text messages were released this week in response to a public-records request by the Chicago Tribune.

Hamilton is general counsel and public policy analyst for the American Family Association.


Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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