"Pedophile with victims 10 counts. Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should". But the States Attorney exempted many records from disclosure, citing privileged communications and the sealing of the court file after the charges were dropped. Assistant State's Attorney Risa Lanier, the lead prosecutor on the high-profile case, texted Magats hours after the charges were dropped.
The materials shed light into the frustrations and pressure that Foxx's office was facing as it handled the Smollett case.
(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) Jussie Smollett waves as he follows his attorney after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago.
A short time later, a spokeswoman texted back to say she had notified a Police Department spokesman who would notify Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Foxx and Magats continued to communicate via text message about aspects of the investigation. "(He) needed to know how to answer questions from press". Smollett, who was accused of hiring two men to fake an attack on him near his Streeterville home, forfeited $10,000 he'd posted for bond to the city of Chicago, and left the courthouse proclaiming his innocence.
"He seemed satisfied with the explanation", Foxx told Magats.
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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.
There was no smoking gun but the documents showed Foxx was kept in the loop on - and commented to her staff about - a case in which she publicly claimed to have recused herself.
However, Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference that morning slamming the decision - "a whitewash of justice", the mayor said. The newly revealed correspondence between Foxx and her employees raises questions about the role she may have played in the case after said recusal. 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.
Smollett found himself at the center of an worldwide media firestorm after he reported being the victim of a January 29 attack by two people who shouted slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.
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.
While the prosecutors have the power to drop charges for any reason, Smollett's deal did not, in fact, conform to state laws on deferred prosecution, and Smollett appeared to have spent two days volunteering with Rainbow PUSH. She called on the Cook County Inspector General to take a look.