People across the country are livid still over the fact that Jussie Smollett has essentially been given a free pass after reporting a fake Trump hate crime that almost started a race war in the country.
Now, one of those groups of people are wanting answers and we can only hope that will happen sooner rather than later.
The Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association, which released a scathing statement about the prosecutor who let Smollett off, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. We quoted from a good chunk of that statement yesterday; now let’s dig into more of what the group had to say:
The appearance of impropriety here is compounded by the fact that this case was not on the regularly scheduled court call, the public had no reasonable notice or opportunity to view these proceedings, and the dismissal was done abruptly at what has been called an “emergency” hearing. To date, the nature of the purported emergency has not been publicly disclosed. The sealing of a court case immediately following a hearing where there was no reasonable notice or opportunity for the public to attend is a matter of grave public concern and undermines the very foundation of our public court system.
Lastly, the State’s Attorney has claimed this arrangement is “available to all defendants” and “not a new or unusual practice.” There has even been an implication it was done in accordance with a statutory diversion program. These statements are plainly misleading and inaccurate. This action was highly unusual, not a statutory diversion program, and not in accordance with well accepted practices of State’s Attorney initiated diversionary programs. The IPBA supports diversion programs, and recognizes the many benefits they provide to the community, the defendant and to the prosecuting agency. Central to any diversion program, however, is that the defendant must accept responsibility. To be clear here, this simply was not a deferred prosecution.
The Bar Association concludes that Foxx “has failed in her most fundamental ethical obligations to the public.”
That’s the understatement of the week. Fox lied about recusing herself:
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx never legally recused herself from Smollett case.
Foxx's office claims it previously used the word “recuse” in only a “colloquial" sense.
Top lawyer in the county says she didn't mean "recuse" in a legal sense.https://t.co/5NI29lupY5
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 29, 2019
She lied about unsealing the case file:
Foxx: Sealing the Smollett case file was based on a “misunderstanding” & it’ll be unsealed.
Foxx’s office, the next day: It will not, in fact, be unsealed. pic.twitter.com/htU8QUjlhm
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 29, 2019
Internal emailing circulated throughout the State’s Attorneys office today.
Office looking for examples of other cases where charges have been dropped.
One day after charges were droped on Jussie Smollett. pic.twitter.com/5qrzYcw8N7
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) March 27, 2019
And the office isn’t even pretending to believe Smollett is innocent:
"Do you believe that he is innocent?" CBS reporter @adrianasdiaz asks First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joseph Magats about dropping charges against Jussie Smollett. "I do not believe he is innocent," Magats responds. pic.twitter.com/NEWZuD2aBe
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) March 26, 2019