As if we hadn’t already known that the handling of the Jussie Smollett case was an absolute disaster full of holes and reeking of a cover-up, seeing resignations from key players in the case pretty much seals the deal.
According to reports, the Chief Ethics Officer for District Attorney Kim Foxx’s office as well as the head of the Convictions Integrity Unit have tendered their resignation this week.
That’s right. The two people literally responsible for ensuring truth, ethics, and morality for the office are stepping down.
Chief Ethics Officer and Conviction Integrity Unit chief both leaving State's Attorney's office next month https://t.co/eg2OZBAIDn
— Andy Grimm (@agrimm34) April 18, 2019
That’s a pretty bold statement.
Chief Ethics Officer April Perry is leaving to work at a tech firm, the Chicago Tribune reported on Thursday. Mark Rotert, who has led the Conviction Integrity Unit for the past two years, is retiring.
Foxx and her office came under heavy fire for the way they handled, or rather didn’t handle,the prosecution of Jussie Smollett.
Here is Kim Foxx’s Chief Ethics Officer’s resignation: pic.twitter.com/Jy6QF5SNjS
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) April 19, 2019
All of the 16 charges that the ‘Empire’ actor faced after he apparently staged what was supposed to look like a homophobic and racist hate crime against himself were dropped, and Smollett essentially walked free.
Was there a punishment that came out of it? We’ll never actually know… because the judge had the case sealed.
Another red flag? We’d say so.
Law Enforcement Today has received a bunch of submissions regarding the Smollett case from the eyes of police officers. Here’s a section that digs even further into the botched case.
Here’s where it gets even more crazy. The State’s Attorney’s Office has said that it stands by the police investigation. But they also said Smollett’s case was not serious enough to warrant jail time.
“I was elected on a promise to rethink the justice system, to keep people out of prison who do not pose a danger to the community,” State’s Attorney Kim Foxx wrote in an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune. “I promised to spend my office’s finite resources on the most serious crimes in order to create communities that are both safer and fairer.”
And there are now questions over whether the State Attorney broke the law in the Smollett investigation.
Here’s the Illinois law regarding recusing yourself from investigations, and what needs to happen when you do:
ILLINOIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY – ILLINOIS COMPILED STATUTES
(55 ILCS 5/3-9008)(from Ch. 34, par. 3-9008)
Sec. 3-9008. Appointment of attorney to perform duties.
(a-15) Notwithstanding subsections (a-5) and (a-10) of this Section, the State’s Attorney may file a petition to recuse himself or herself from a cause or proceeding for any other reason he or she deems appropriate and the court shall appoint a special prosecutor as provided in this Section.
Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx either didn’t pay attention in ethics class, or doesn’t know the very law she’s supposed to be upholding.
She was legally obligated to appoint a special prosecutor. She didn’t.
I’m submitting this article to Law Enforcement Today because I am not authorized to talk about the investigation. And frankly, protecting my job and my family are my priority in life. But I believe a conversation needs to be had. Because America just got bamboozled. AGAIN.
You know what happened last weekend in Chicago? Hundreds of parents of murder victims gathered to remind everyone that the murders of their kids, grandkids and siblings remain unsolved. That huge resources were diverted away from these murder cases to investigate the Smollet case. And put together a rock-solid case. That was buried because of politics.
You know what it’s like to see those faces? You know what it’s like to have to stop working on an investigation where justice can actually be brought to a family so you can work on an investigation where justice will never be served?
It feels dirty. We have failed these families and we have failed America because of politicians.
$10,000. That’s what Smollet ended up paying – he forfeited his bond as part of the burial of his case. $10,000 which doesn’t begin to touch the countless man hours spent on the investigation.
This was a slap in the face of the entire police department… of every police officer in the department and frankly, the country. A message that our work doesn’t matter if you’re of a certain class in America.