PAT O’BRIEN OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO THE JUNE 26, 2020 CHICAGO TRIBUNE EDITORIAL REGARDING THE FOXX-SMOLLETT REPORT

Equal treatment means that no one is above the law, and no one is beneath its protection. That includes Kim Foxx.

Dear Voice of the People:

Equal treatment means no one is above the law, or beneath its protection, including Kim Foxx.

You ask whether Kim Foxx has misused the power of her office by providing special treatment to Hollywood celebrity Jussie Smollett.

The answer to that question is, unequivocally, yes.

More than that, she displayed a lack of judgment and integrity, ignorance of the law, a capacity to lie and conceal, a betrayal of true victims of hate crimes, a willingness to sabotage the Chicago police, and proof that Foxx values her own self-interest above everyone else’s.

Your editorial summarizes the public information. It is an indictment of Foxx’s behavior in the Smollett case:

1. Foxx attempted to end the Smollett police investigation after talking to a politically connected person which showed her lack of judgment and integrity;

2. Getting caught, Foxx told us she was recusing herself. That was a lie. Instead she tried to control the case from behind the scenes which showed her legal ignorance;

3. Foxx orchestrated a secret one-of-kind deal dropping all charges while attempting to keep the police and public in the dark;

4. Getting caught again, Foxx said this type of deal happened all the time, and the evidence had gotten weaker. Both were lies;

5. Foxx’s action made it harder for true victims of hate crimes to be believed which sacrificed their safety to her own political survival.

As we wait for Mr. Webb to complete his investigation, the question whether Kim Foxx offered special favors to Smollett seems clear.

Sincerely,

Judge Pat O’Brien
Candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney