In his re-election video for Cook County State Attorney released Tuesday, Kim Foxx admitted he was wrong in handling high-level prosecution of Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
"Actually, I didn't handle it well," Foxx said in the video. "I have it."
"I made changes in my office to make sure we did better," he added. "That is what is meant by reform."
In the video, Foxx goes on to say that "the attacks are not just one case, they are about stopping progress in Cook County … we are on the right track to reform criminal justice in Cook County, and make this system work for everyone. . "
I ran for Cook at the State of Cook State four years ago because we needed to change criminal justice in our area. Today, I officially announce that I am running for re-election. We've finished a lot, and we can't go back now. pic.twitter.com/0ECV7BRJGH
– Kim Foxx (@KimFoxxforSA) November 19, 2019
Quoting a record of community service and being technically victimless of his alleged crimes, Foxx dropped all charges against Smollett in March after he was indicted by a jury for allegedly committing fanatically motivated and politically motivated hate crimes with the help of two people. friends who are paid for their services.
Following the news, an anonymous lawyer in Foxx's office condemned the decision in a letter given CWB Chicago
"This case was handled very differently from the other cases on 26th Street. No one knows why, and more importantly, no one can explain why our boss, the chief prosecutor of all Cook County, has decided to demean and undermine our hard work, and our already weak relationship with the Chicago Police Department, "the lawyer letter it reads.
The state then appointed a special prosecutor to examine Foxx's decision after a text message indicated that Foxx continued to consider the case in a conversation with his deputy after announcing that he had resigned from the investigation because of public misperception that he had a personal relationship with Smollett family members. Later, Foxx tried to explain that he did not resign "in a legal sense."