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EXIT INTERVIEW: Exclusive sit down with curious Kim Foxx top staff Mark Rotert

CHICAGO (WLS) – A few days after one of the premier embattled Cook County state lawyer Kim Foxx passed, he joined ABC7 to talk to I-Team.

Long-term Chicago lawyer and veteran prosecutor Mark Rotert was recruited 22 months ago by Foxx to retool the state's law department reviewing allegations of illegal beliefs.

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Rotert announced that he left the state law firm on March 27 the day after Foxx released the actual hate crime to Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The timing of Rotert's departure led to speculation that it was linked to the Smollett controversy that began with Foxx's withdrawal from the case.

In our interview, Rotert claims that the timing, unhappy with him and Foxx, was temporary and that he had decided to leave the office months earlier.

Rotated, a former deputy US lawyer, sole proprietor of the Illinois law firm's office and long-term member of the defense field, discussed the mood of the office during the Smollett debate and said that controversy it is bound to happen in the country's second largest prosecutor's office.

He did not regret Foxx, her decision or her performance and would not comment directly if he thought she was right in Smollett.

However, the Rotate spoke extensively about the conviction integrity unit he examined under his responsibility for less than two years and said the unit's work was ongoing even though it was surrounded by flaming controversy and calling for Kim Foxx's resignation. He spoke openly about the difficulties of dealing with police, other prosecutors and defense lawyers regarding suspected opportunities of investigators, poorly structured cases, and the release of scientific evidence.

Rotert's resignation coincided with April Perry, another prominent assistant state lawyer under Kim Foxx. The double departure increased the public relations temperature of the state's law office even further last month. Perry was the chief ethic and had announced Ms Foxx's withdrawal from the Smollett case. She has not spoken publicly about her departure or her time at the office.

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