Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision

4/7/2019 2:58 PM   

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office's decision to dismiss charges against Jussie Smollett, claiming the "Empire" star didn't receive special treatment.

"I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about," Foxx said at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Rainbow Push Coalition on Saturday. "As someone who has lived in this city [Chicago], who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me ... that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change."

She also said she'd run for re-election when her current term is complete.

Foxx reportedly mentioned in her speech that she welcomes an independent investigation into her handling of the case, saying that nearly 6,000 other "low-level defendants" received the same treatment with deferred prosecution, adding that under the law, Smollett could've been fined a maximum of $10,000 — which he effectively paid when he forfeited his bond for the same amount.

Foxx recused herself from Smollett's case after communicating with one of his relatives during the police investigation into whether or not the musician and actor staged an alleged hate crime against himself. Her office later said she never actually formally recused herself from the case.

Smollett's attorney said that his case was not one of deferred prosecution when she announced that the charges against him had been dropped.

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