From the New York Times:
By Monica Davey and Mitch Smith
April 17, 2019
CHICAGO — A day after a grand jury indicted the actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts, Chicago’s top prosecutor was privately having doubts.
The prosecutor, Kim Foxx, had delegated the case to a deputy. But text messages released this week show that Ms. Foxx remained closely engaged with the case — and worried that her office was being too harsh on Mr. Smollett, who has a prominent role on the show “Empire” and who was accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime and lying to the police.
“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” Ms. Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney, wrote in a text message to a colleague in March.
Her message went on, with what many assumed was a comparison to sexual abuse charges she had announced against R. Kelly, the R&B star. (Mr. Kelly’s lawyer has said his client is innocent.)
“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts,” Ms. Foxx said in the message. “Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally.”
She added: “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
… The messages involving Ms. Foxx and her office also suggested that Ms. Foxx remained aware of developments in the case even as she publicly distanced herself from it.
The messages also paint a picture of a prosecutor’s office that failed at first to grasp the level of attention on the case, appearing overwhelmed by the criticism it faced when it abruptly announced in late March that it was dropping all of the criminal charges against Mr. Smollett. …
And, the text messages show, Ms. Foxx continued to follow the case closely and speak about it with Superintendent Johnson, though she had turned the handling of it over to a deputy.
… Later that month, when the charges had been dropped, more text messages showed prosecutors scrambling to explain their decision and respond to criticism, including from Mr. Trump. Those messages revealed surprise when reporters turned up at the courthouse for the dismissal hearing, and a scramble to accommodate interview requests from local and national outlets.
“Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!” one employee of the state’s attorney’s office texted. Another responded: “There’s really no planning for this.”
George Soros really got his money’s worth in Chicago!
Seriously, I consider George Soros a great man of sorts. But I feel sorry for him: the quality of person his $32 billion devoted to leftist activism buys him, like Kim Foxx, is pretty poor.