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She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

But in March 8 text messages released Tuesday as part of a FOIA request from The Post and other outlets, Foxx tells First Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Joe Magats, who took over the case for her, that "I'm recused" - then went on to complain that the "Empire" star had been charged with too many crimes.

The office released 178 pages of text messages and 3,655 pages of emails connected to the case, including communication among staffers and some of their interactions with the media.

The Cook County state's attorneys' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. I am recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.

The majority of documents released Tuesday do not deal with the substance of the case and do little to illuminate why prosecutors made a decision to dismiss the charges so soon after bringing them. Each of the 16 counts against him covers various alleged acts that Smollett falsely described to the officers-including that he was hit by two men, that they yelled racial and homophobic slurs and poured a chemical on him.

"(A pedophile) with 4 victims 10 counts.

Kim Foxx's office dropped all charges against the actor in March who was accused of lying about being the victim of a hate crime.

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Foxx withdrew herself from the case in February after she had been in contact with one of Smollett's relatives early during the investigation.

Foxx has been on the ropes since her office dropped all charges against Smollett. 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". "Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16 (counts)", she wrote. In an op-ed in the Tribune, she backed off her office's initial stance that the case was strong, writing that they were uncertain of a conviction, but she offered no specifics. "On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally", Foxx continued.

"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett's volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case", the Cook County State's Attorney's office stated in an email at the time.

The lawsuit laid out a detailed account of the allegations against Smollett, who told police he was attacked January 29 by two men who shouted homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid on him. "I was elected to bring criminal justice reform and that includes intentionality, consistency, and discretion".

Nonetheless, charges against Smollett were announced the next day, and a grand jury indictment was handed up two weeks later.