CHICAGO – An internal e-mail from the office of Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, which Fox News received on Wednesday, asked Deputy Prosecutors to look for examples to support Foxx's claim support that the charges have fallen in Jussie Smollett The cases were not as unusual or shocking as they seemed.
The e-mail read in part: "We look for examples of cases preferable to crimes in which we have made verbal agreements with the defense in the exercise of our discretion. Attorneys who decline charges against a perpetrator if certain conditions are met […]
The e-mail added: "Nobody is in trouble, we are just looking for more examples of how, as prosecutors, we use our discretion in a way that makes this possible restore the victim … "
It was not clear who sent it and when exactly it was sent. Foxx dropped out of the case last February, but defended her office and offered Smollett "an alternative charge model" on Wednesday in a series of interviews.
Illinois lawyer Rod Drobinski told Fox News that in the case of Smollett, no special prosecutor had been appointed as it seemed inappropriate on behalf of Foxx's office. Even the prosecutor said it was a strong case. All the more unusual is that they did not demand to admit what he did during this discharge. "
CHICAGO FRAMEWORK ORDER OF POLICE:" PURCHASED "SMOLLETT FEES PUNISHED" INTERESTED WITH A FED The gaze of the authorities in the matter
Foxx defends the decision of her staff, the indictment against the "Empire" actor dropped after investigators announced that he had allegedly staged a racist, anti-gay attack.
Foxx told Fox 32 On Wednesday, she believed that the case was handled properly for such a case. She pointed out that Smollett lost his $ 10,000 bond and did a civilian service.
"If we look at similar people without charge for this crime, I think justice was fair in this case," Foxx told Fox 32 Chicago. "He was claimed by an alternative model of the prosecution, according to which even someone without this wealth could be claimed without this fame."
The Cook County Prosecutors dismissed all charges, but continued to claim that Smollett attacked downtown Chicago on January 29. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel has described the filing of indictments as "whitewash."
Patricia Brown Holmes, Smollett's attorney, said in a statement, "We are disappointed that the local authorities have resumed their campaign against Jussie Smollett after the charges against him have been dropped." The facts are clear, the deputy prosecutor appeared The case is closed No official has the right to violate Mr Smollett's due process rights Mr Smollett, like any citizen, is innocent until found guilty in court Mr Smollett has the right to the same constitutional protection as any citizen who is accused by the Government of having committed a crime – including the right to speak freely about his innocence, the right to be considered innocent until proven in court will, and the right to force the state to its burden, make him sensible to declare yourself guilty. None of this has happened in this case.
The National District Lawyers Association, which claims to represent some 2,700 prosecutors across the country, criticized Foxx in a statement to Fox News.
Attorney General disagrees with himself, the refusal must not apply to the entire office only to the elected or appointed prosecutor, in line with the best practices for prosecutors across the country, "the statement began.
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It added: "Second, prosecutors should not take advice from politically connected friends of the accused.Each case should be with the goal of justice for the victims Thirdly, if a prosecutor wants to handle a case through a detour or other alternative to prosecution, this should be done by recognizing the defendant's guilt – a case with the consequences of Mr Smollett should not be resolved without guilt or innocence. "
The statement concluded:" Fourth, the removal of Mr Smollett at this immediate stage is contrary to transparency and law enforcement authorities will no longer be able to recognize that Mr. Smollett was charged with and charged with these terrible crimes, and the most complete The recording of the incident will forever be hidden from the public. After all, we firmly believe that hate crimes should be prosecuted, but the burden of proof should not be artificially increased due to the wrong decisions of others.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.