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Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx’s texts revealed her frustration over Jussie Smollett’s case

Kim Foxx Cook County State's attorney Kim Foxx
Lora Ball | 17 April, 2019, 16:10

Foxx's office released a series of text messages between her and First Assistant Joseph Magats which took place on March 8, just before the 16-count indictment against Smollett was announced.

Foxx had recused herself from the case in February after she had communications with one of Smollett's relatives.

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts [a reference to R. Kelly]. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts)", she wrote. "Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should".

The state's attorney's office dropped 16 felony charges against the "Empire" actor, who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself in Chicago.

It appears that CPD officials got far less input into the decision to drop charges against Smollett.

He told the CBS Chicago station that he did not believe that Smollett was innocent but "based on all facts and circumstances of the case, and also keeping in mind resources and keeping in mind that the office's number one priority is to combat violent crime and the drivers of violence, I made a decision to offer this disposition in the case". Eddie Johnson to turn the case over to federal investigators.

Despite the release of thousands of internal texts and emails about the case, "the majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors chose to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them", the Chicago Tribune reports.

But they show that the office was largely caught flat-footed by the massive response from the news media to its own stunning reversal.

"Just wish I could have anticipated the magnitude of this response and planned a bit better!"

"There's really no planning for this". "It's the right decision".

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"Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive", Magats replied.

Smollett has insisted that he told the truth about the attack.

The texts are among dozens sent between Foxx and Magats after Foxx claimed she stepped away from the case. "(He) needed to know how to answer questions from press".

"He seemed satisfied with the explanation", Foxx told Magats. As ABC News puts it, "The newly revealed correspondence between Foxx and her employees raises questions about the role she may have played in the case after said recusal".

But three days later, in a text stream with top state's attorney staffers titled "Foxxhole", Foxx commented on a news article writing, "Funny the theory that everyone is related to this guy is pervasive". Apparently he's coming in to represent the Nigerian brothers in Smollet.

Emanuel said dropping the charges against Smollett "is without a doubt a whitewash of justice".

Jussie Smollett has confided in a select few of his celebrity peers since his alleged hate crime scandal, and the latest public figure to open up about her conversation with the embattled actor is comedian Loni Love.

After the charges were dropped, Foxx went on the offensive.

During a recent episode of her panel talk show, The Real, Love said that Smollett reached out to her over this past weekend about his legal issues and where he plans on going from here.

At her request, Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard agreed last week to investigate the office's handling of the Smollett case.

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