Kim Foxx Trying To Force Taxpayers To Pay Her High-Priced Defense Attorneys

Sandy Malone

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was subpoenaed to appear in court to discuss how she's paying defense attorneys.

Chicago, IL – Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was subpoenaed to appear in court Friday to discuss who is paying outside attorneys that she has hired to defend her office.

The matter before the court is whether Foxx should be using state funds to defend herself in connection with her handling of the Jussie Smollett case in 2019, WGN reported.

Foxx retained some legal heavy hitters to represent her office in the probe into its handling of the former “Empire” actor’s case and she’s handed the tab to the city, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

She hired former Northern District of Illinois Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of the Akerman Law Firm to represent her office.

And Foxx also hired Michael Bromwich, the attorney who represented Christine Blasey Ford at the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brent Kavanaugh, to represent her personally, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

Retired Appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien, who led the effort to have a special prosecutor assigned to investigate the state’s attorney’s office’s handling of the Smollett investigation, brought that matter of Foxx’s legal fees to the court’s attention, WTTW reported.

O’Brien filed a petition for a writ of mandamus on Jan. 16 and asked Cook County Judge Michael Toomin to intervene and stop Foxx from using public funds to pay the attorneys defending her handling of Smollett’s case.

She has asked Toomin to issue a “cease and desist” order to Foxx, according to WTTW.

“The hiring of outside counsel in defense of the Office of State’s Attorney is not provided by the Illinois statutes,” O’Brien wrote in her motion. “Kim Foxx, in her role as State’s Attorney, has a clear duty to comply with the Illinois statutes.”

Smollett was charged with six new counts of disorderly conduct on Tuesday for filing false police reports in connection with a faux hate attack he allegedly planned and executed on himself in January of 2019, WBBM reported.

The new indictment happened just one month after a Cook County judge ordered Google to turn over copious amount of information from the accounts Smollett and his manager and five months after the special prosecutor began his investigation.

The special prosecutor said in his statement about the indictment that his office “obtained sufficient factual evidence to determine that it disagrees with how the [Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office] resolved the Smollett case,” WBBM reported.

Webb said the prosecutor’s office had not been able to provide evidence that Smollett’s case had been handled similarly to other cases when the charges were dropped, which was the excuse that Foxx provided at the time.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29, 2019 that he had been attacked by two white supporters of President Donald Trump on his way home from a Subway restaurant.

He claimed the men called him homophobic and anti-black slurs and told him “This is MAGA country” as they beat him up and put a noose around his neck. He also said they threw a chemical on him.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained at a press conference the day of Smollett’s arrest that that police considered the actor a victim up until Ola and Abel Osundairo returned from Nigeria to Chicago and were taken into police custody, and then the investigation “spun in a totally different direction.”

“We gave him the benefit of the doubt up until that 47th hour. But when we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” he explained.

He said the brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with another $500 after they returned from a planned trip to Nigeria.

“We have the check that he used to pay them,” Superintendent Johnson said.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced on March 8 that Smollett had been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

But then on March 26, the State’s Attorney’s Office unceremoniously announced all charges against the “Empire” actor had been dropped.

The city of Chicago has since sued Smollett for the cost of the overtime the police department incurred while investigating the hoax and the actor has counter-sued for malicious prosecution.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin in June of 2019 appointed a special counsel to investigate what actually happened after information about Smollett hiding evidence and the involvement of Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, in the case.

Toomin said that Foxx was right to recuse herself from Smollett’s trial after she asked Commissioner Johnson to turn over the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after talking to Tchen, but that she did not have the authority to appoint her second-in-command to the prosecution in her stead, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Texts obtained by public records requests showed that Foxx herself called the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office’s excuse for withdrawing from the case “bulls--t,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Toomin gave the special prosecutor a broad mandate to investigate what had happened with the case from beginning to end and what all parties involved had done.

Smollett is due to appear in court on Webb’s charges on Feb. 24, WFLD reported.

Foxx has said she agreed that Webb had the basis for the new charges against Smollett but it was her office’s disposition of those charges that was in dispute.

Comments (35)
flybynight
flybynight

HOLY BUCKETS!!!!
13/60

No. 1-16
Viking24
Viking24

It never ends.
Why be one if you can’t act like one.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Political criminal gets caught doing criminal acts wants public to pay for her defense.
This is no different than the ghetto lottery after a criminal gets caught and wants a payout.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I called her a lying, racist bitch. I was incomplete in my assessment. She is a lying, racist, conniving, fraudulent, scheming, arrogant, ghetto bitch.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Petition for Mandamus is here:

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

OK, this seems to be pretty cut and dry, but not for the reasons being said or implied. thank you @Jim H. - Virginia US for the petition. What is supposed to happen is the Attorney General is supposed to represent Foxx, as she is being accused of misconduct in her official capacity. She is retaining outside council, which is wrong (but she should, and should absolutely be entited to, have counsel outside her office to defend her), because the AG is supposed to be her counsel.

If she wants to hire personal outside counsel, that is her prerogative; but if that is the case, it should come out of her pocket. Hopefully the judge directs her to follow the law.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Serious bad shit is going down in Chicago.

Corruption at the highest level...

To explain... everyone knows about the Smollett case and how Foxx dismissed all charges, after 19 felony charges were discovered and made. Now a special prosecutor is involved, thanks to Sheila O'Brien (former Judge) filing motions, as a citizen. But when she filed a motion, on behalf of the citizens of Illinois, to bar Foxx from using taxpayer dollars for defense...

The Judge told her NO CAN DO and barred her from filing the motion or any more...

Marxest
Marxest

There have been plenty of white men in government positions who have used the public to carry the financial burdens of their high priced legal defence teams. There only making a big deal out of ot because it's a black woman this time. Racism is alive and well in America.

Robert Kahlcke
Robert Kahlcke

Foxx is guilty of "Malfeasance In Office", she should pay her attorney fees.
"BLUE LIVES MATTER" (criminals not so much)

Jones24
Jones24

Why is anyone surprised at this?

Gramercy
Gramercy

SHE caused the problem..not her office...personal all the way and she should pay!

magnumforc
magnumforc

Sure...hire the best lawyers the TAXPAYERS can afford while she waltzes off without paying a dime. She should be in jail instead of in office.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This racist bitch should have been booted out of office a long time ago!👋👎

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'm gonna stand here, behind my popcorn and beverage stand, and watch this ongoing drama. If anyone wants to take a seat and have some popcorn and beverages, Let me know ok ?

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

She is the absolute definition of The Peter Principal . For the younger folks (has climbed to the level of incompetence).

Woobie46
Woobie46

Geo. Soros is her Sugar Daddy who got her elected. He wants to bring this country down...it's the only goal in his life...which is, THANKFULLY, almost OVER. He's the filth who helped the Nazis take possessions from HIS OWN PEOPLE (he's a jew in name only...HE's a TRAITOR to THEM and US!


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