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Kim Foxx Claims Jussie Smollett Sentence Is ‘Mob Justice’

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* Kim Foxx was the first prosecutor involved in the Jussie Smollett case back in February 2019

* She conferred with  his family on how to get it moved out of the hands of the Chicago Police Department when investigators became suspicious of him

* Foxx then recused herself from the investigation as charges became inevitable

* When a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts of lying, she told her deputy not to pursue it and that it would be heavy handed

* The case was dropped and then taken up by a special prosecutor

* Foxx, writing an op-ed for The Chicago Sun Times, said the special prosecution of Smollett was ‘mob justice’ and that the system ‘failed’

* Instead, she thinks Smollett should have been let off with the $10,000 fine he paid in March 2019 and 15 hours of community service

Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx, who was widely accused of meddling in the Jussie Smollett case after recusing herself from it, has claimed Jussie Smollett’s 150-day jail term is ‘mob justice’ and an example of the system failing.

Foxx is the Cook County State’s Attorney – one of the most senior prosecutors in the state of Illinois.

In January 2019, when the crime was first reported to police as a hate crime and Smollett was still being considered a victim, she exchanged text messages with his a friend of the Smollett family who was angry about the Chicago Police Department leaking details of the case.

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Foxx personally lobbied the then-chief of police, Eddie Johnson, to have it moved into the care of the FBI. When her involvement was revealed as Smollett became more and more of a suspect, she recused herself.

She then however continued to meddle, instructing deputy Joseph Magats to ignore the recommendation of a grand jury who charged Smollett with lying 16 times.

Under the direction of Foxx’s fury, Magats entered a deal with Smollett which meant he would serve 15 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine to avoid jail and have the whole case wiped.

Now, after a different prosecutor successfully convicted Smollett of lying, Foxx is claiming that the 150 sentence he received (a seventh of the maximum he was facing), is too harsh.

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