Kim Foxx, the controversial Cook County state attorney who has come under fire for her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, announced Tuesday that she is running for re-election.
Foxx felt the buzz from the Chicago Police Department and the city's former mayor after her office suddenly dropped a 16-count indictment against Smollett, which authorities claimed falsified a hate crime against himself for gaining publicity for his actor's career. Smollett has denied the charges.
Foxx tweeted its announcement Tuesday morning.
"I ran for Cook County State's Attorney four years ago because we needed to change criminal law in our county. Today I'm officially running for re-election. We have done a lot and we cannot go back now. "
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It may be more difficult to do than Foxx thinks.
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Nine months after the Smollett story, in which Smollett reported to police that he had been the victim of a racist, homophobic attack by President Trump supporters, and seven months after Foxx's office mysteriously dropped all charges against him, comes the case is still very much up.
Earlier this month, President Trump addressed the situation during a speech at the International Association of the Chiefs of Police Convention.
"It's a scam. It's a really big scam, just like your president is a scam is a scam. And so you see what happens. Smollett is still trying to get away with it," Trump grunted.
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When recently asked by Axio's Executive Editor Mike Allen at a forum for reform of criminal justice what she learned from the Smollett experience, Foxx gave a great panicked answer.
"I was told that change is difficult," she said. "We started this administration and talked about us using our criminal justice to deal with violence. And the cases that could be handled outside the justice system, we would handle outside the justice system. But even as you do that, you have to keep people informed. You have to talk about it. You can't do things that people don't understand, because when it happens, when the misunderstanding happens, it's hard to remove it. So I think the biggest lesson I've learned so far, and not not taking lessons, is to make sure we keep the public informed about not only what we do, but why we do what we do. "
"Foxx, for all her hopes for openness, has never provided a full account of how and why her office allowed a 16-count wrongful indictment against Smollett to disappear without so much as a recognition of guilt and expression of remorse from him , "Chic then wrote Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn. "Who said what to whom? What if something about the evidence against him changed?"
During the Smollett case, the Chicago Police Association and dozens of Cook County police officers banded in the middle of the controversy to announce a "no confidence" vote against Foxx.
Foxx's top spokesman and two other top executives left Cook County State's Attorney's Office in April. They gave no reason why.
Two months later, a Cook County judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to review Foxx's handling of the Smollett case. Although the dam stopped, Cook County Democrats approved Foxx for primary in 2020.
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Foxx, a Democrat, won the overwhelming race of 2016 against Republican challenger Christopher Pfannkuche, on the promise to "fix a system we know needs repair."
Anita Alvarez, Foxx's predecessor, lost her re-election bid after criticizing how she left the 2014 recording of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, run by white police officer Jason Van Dyke. Earlier this year, Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.
One of Foxx's challengers in the race is Bill Conway. If elected, Conway, 41, would be the youngest Cook County State attorney in Illinois history. His campaign is bankrupted by Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms, as well as physicians, influential lawyers, entrepreneurs, college professors and many private donors, according to the Chicago Crusader.
Another candidate in the narrow race is former Cook County Circuit Judge Pat O & # 39; Brien, who ran for his circuit court as a Democrat but is in the race now as a Republican.
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"For the past three years, Kim Foxx has talked about rebuilding confidence in the state attorney's office," said B & # 39; "Based on her actions and actions in recent years, I tell you that the only way to rebuild this trust is by replacing her as a state attorney."