Kim Foxx releases some internal texts and emails on Jussie Smollett case

Kim Foxx

Foxx added: "On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally".

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts [a reference to R. Kelly]".

Foxx's office issued a statement recusing her on February 19, though they later claimed she "did not formally recuse herself". I am recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.

Magats then texted that he'd get with some other members of the state's attorney's office and "take a hard look at how we charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless".

The texts are among dozens sent between Foxx and Magats after Foxx claimed she stepped away from the case.

He told the CBS Chicago station that he did not believe that Smollett was innocent but "based on all facts and circumstances of the case, and also keeping in mind resources and keeping in mind that the office's number one priority is to combat violent crime and the drivers of violence, I made a decision to offer this disposition in the case". Foxx's office created a firestorm of protest after abruptly dropping all the charges less than three weeks later at a court hearing that reporters only learned about at the last minute.

"Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!"

"There's really no planning for this", Magats responded. "It's the right decision", Magats replied.

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(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago. But Foxx's office has since said she removed herself from the case only informally, since an actual recusal would have required her entire office to step aside and request the appointment of a special prosecutor.

"Eddie just called. (He) needed to know how to answer questions from press", Foxx texted Magats, referring to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. In exchange, Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond and agreed to community service.

Smollett found himself at the center of an global media firestorm after he reported being the victim of a January 29 attack by two people who shouted slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.

Numerous text messages and emails released detail how the State's Attorneys office responded to the furor after the charges were dropped and defended their decision by releasing data on other cases.

Jussie Smollett delivered a reading of the 2003 Tony-winning play in New York City 12 hours prior to allegedly faking a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

Emanuel said dropping the charges against Smollett "is without a doubt a whitewash of justice".

Cook County's Inspector General Patrick Blanchard has begun an investigation into how Foxx's office handled the case.

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