His attorney, Kim Foxx, who is under fire due to the controversial Cook County state's handling of the Jussie Smollett case, announced on Tuesday that he is working for re-election.
Foxx felt the anger of the Chicago police department and the former mayor of the city, claiming that the mayor claimed he was a hate crime to promote for his acting career, after his office abruptly dropped indictment No. 16 against Smollett. Smollett denied the allegations.
Foxx tweeted his statement Tuesday morning.
“I ran to Cook County State Attorney four years ago because we had to change criminal justice in our county. I'm officially running for re-election today. We've done a lot, and now we can't go back. "
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It may be more difficult than Foxx thinks.
The largest public audience – the Smollett case – is still in the minds of many.
Not so long after nine months when Smollett reported to police that President Trump's supporters were victims of a racist, homophobic attack and reported to the police seven months after Foxx's office mysteriously dropped all charges.
Earlier this month, President Trump raised the situation in a speech at a meeting of the International Union of Police Chiefs.
“This is a scam. It's a real deception, just like the dismissal of the president is a deception. Then you see what's going on. Smollett is still trying to get rid of it..
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Foxx responded extensively when asked by Axios Editor-in-Chief Mike Allen recently at a forum on criminal justice reform that he had learned from the Smollett experience.
“I learned that change is difficult,” he said. Dık We started this administration by talking about the fact that we will use our criminal justice to deal with violence. We will deal with cases outside the justice system that can be handled outside the justice system. You do that, you have to inform people, talk about it, you can't do things people don't understand, because once, once misunderstanding, it's hard to loosen. The biggest lesson I've learned so far is that there are no ongoing courses, so that we can inform the public not only about what we do, but also why we do what we do. "
The answer rubbed some of the Chicago's wrong way.
"Foxx didn't give full account of why his office had disappeared and fully caused the 16 guilty indictments against Smollett without accepting guilt and regret from him, because of all his insults on transparency," Chicago said. Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn wrote. “Who said what to whom? What if something changes about the evidence against him? ”
During the Smollett trial, the Chicago police union and dozens of Cook County police chiefs met in the midst of a debate to make a "unsafe" vote against Foxx.
Foxx's chief spokesman and two other senior executives left the Cook County State Attorney's Office in April. They didn't give a reason why.
Two months later, a Cook County judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to examine Foxx's handling of the Smollett case. Despite pollination, Cook County Democrats approved Foxx for the 2020 primary.
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Foxx, a Democrat, overwhelmingly won the 2016 race against Republican rival Christopher Pfannkuche with the promise of düzelt fixing a system we know needs to be challenged ”.
Foxx's predecessor, Anita Alvarez, lost her bid for re-election following criticism of how Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot by white police officer Jason Van Dyke, made the 2014 shoot. Earlier this year, Van Dyke was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.
One of Foxx's competitors is Bill Conway. If elected, Conway, 41, would be the youngest Cook County State Attorney in Illinois history. According to Chicago Crusader, his campaign is financed by doctors, lawyers, business owners, university professors and many private donors, as well as the Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity companies.
Another candidate in the crowded race is Pat O & Brien, former Cook County Circuit Judge, who ran into the circuit court seat as a Democrat, but is now racing as a Republican.
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Boyunca Over the past three years, Kim Foxx has talked about rebuilding trust in the state's attorney's office, O she said. "Based on his actions and inaction over the last few years, the only way to restructure this trust is to change it to a state lawyer."