How Kim Foxx happened

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How Kim Foxx happened

By John Ruberry

Until last Tues­day morn­ing not even a major­ity of Cook County res­i­dents could iden­tify Kim Foxx among a ran­dom group of Chicagoans.

Foxx is the Cook County state’s attor­ney. She’s in charge of the sec­ond largest prosecutor’s office in the nation. She’s not an anonymity now.

Last week First Assis­tant State’s Attor­ney Joseph Mag­ats, who was put in charge of the Jussie Smol­lett hoax case when Foxx recused her­self, rep­re­sented Illi­noisans like myself when the 16 counts of dis­or­derly con­duct against the Empire actor were aston­ish­ingly dropped.

Oh, except Foxx didn’t recuse her­self, only “col­lo­qui­ally” so. If that doesn’t make sense then you are not from Illi­nois, which is the home of “Illi­nois math.” Despite a clause in the state con­sti­tu­tion requir­ing bal­anced bud­gets, the Land of Lin­coln hasn’t had one since the late 1980s.

Where did Foxx come from?

She’s a for­mer Cook County state’s attor­ney – who worked under the woman she resound­ingly defeated in the 2016 Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary, Anita Alvarez.

Dis­clo­sure: Alvarez is mar­ried to a friend of mine.

A tough as bolts pros­e­cu­tor who was the lead lawyer in the tragic Girl X case before her elec­tion, Alvarez wasn’t adept on the polit­i­cal side of the job, and she was engulfed by the Laquan McDon­ald mur­der. McDon­ald, an unarmed black teen, was shot 16 times by Chicago Police offi­cer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The video of the shoot­ing wasn’t released until after Mayor Rahm Emanuel was reelected in 2015.

16 shots and a coverup” has been a com­mon chant by Chicago pro­test­ers ever since.

It was Alvarez who faced vot­ers first after the McDon­ald tape was made public.

The vic­tory by Foxx was sur­pris­ing only by its mar­gin – Foxx col­lected nearly 60 per­cent of the pri­mary vote over the incum­bent and a third can­di­date. In the gen­eral elec­tion she trounced Repub­li­can Christo­pher E. K. Pfannkuche.

Dis­clo­sure: Chris is a for­mer client of mine.

After leav­ing the employ of Alvarez, Foxx served as chief of staff of Cook County board pres­i­dent Toni Preck­win­kle. As “Taxwin­kle” is a hard­ened left­ist, that ful­filled the nec­es­sary pedi­gree for Foxx to cam­paign as a “reform” pros­e­cu­tor. Foxx, as is Preck­win­kle, is an African Amer­i­can. Black Lives Mat­ter activists lined up behind Foxx. A Foxx PAC accepted over $300,000 from George Soros.

Inter­sec­tion­al­ity car­ried the day.

Preck­win­kle is a can­di­date for mayor of Chicago – the elec­tion is Tues­day. The only rea­son her ties to Foxx aren’t a big­ger issue is that Lori Light­foot appears to be a shoo-​in to become Chicago’s first black female mayor instead of Preckwinkle.

Dur­ing the ’16 cam­paign Foxx said she’d ease up on non-​violent first-​time offend­ers, pre­sum­ably of the Bart Simp­son vari­ety. But there is no Simp­sons episode of Bart cre­at­ing an expen­sive hate crime hoax.

The expla­na­tions by Foxx about her actions in the Smol­lett case – col­lo­qui­ally speak­ing of course – are about as solid as those “bal­anced” Illi­nois bud­gets. On Wednes­day she said the hoax case was strong enough to win a con­vic­tion. Two days later she wasn’t so sure.

On the home page of the Cook County state’s attor­ney office is this ban­ner head­line, “The SAO has released over six years of felony case data in a ground­break­ing step towards trans­parency and pub­lic accountability.”

An excep­tion of course is the Smol­lett case, which Judge Steven G. Watkins sealed at the request of Smollett’s attor­neys, while the assis­tant to Foxx did nothing.

Nor has Foxx rev­eled the exact nature of the inter­ven­tion into the Smol­lett case by for­mer Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and rel­a­tives of the for­merly accused.

Cook County vot­ers – but not this one – chose an identity-​politics left­ist as its pros­e­cu­tor. When you think of the Smol­lett out­rage in those terms, the drop­ping of the charges against the openly gay black man shouldn’t be surprising.

On Mon­day the Chicago Fra­ter­nal Order of Police will be protest­ing out­side the office of Foxx. I expect that “16 counts and a coverup” to be one of the chants heard.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

Until last Tuesday morning not even a majority of Cook County residents could identify Kim Foxx among a random group of Chicagoans.

Foxx is the Cook County state’s attorney. She’s in charge of the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation. She’s not an anonymity now.

Last week First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats, who was put in charge of the Jussie Smollett hoax case when Foxx recused herself, represented Illinoisans like myself when the 16 counts of disorderly conduct against the Empire actor were astonishingly dropped.

Oh, except Foxx didn’t recuse herself, only “colloquially” so. If that doesn’t make sense then you are not from Illinois, which is the home of “Illinois math.” Despite a clause in the state constitution requiring balanced budgets, the Land of Lincoln hasn’t had one since the late 1980s.

Where did Foxx come from?

She’s a former Cook County state’s attorney–who worked under the woman she resoundingly defeated in the 2016 Democratic primary, Anita Alvarez.

Disclosure: Alvarez is married to a friend of mine.

A tough as bolts prosecutor who was the lead lawyer in the tragic Girl X case before her election, Alvarez wasn’t adept on the political side of the job, and she was engulfed by the Laquan McDonald murder. McDonald, an unarmed black teen, was shot 16 times by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. The video of the shooting wasn’t released until after Mayor Rahm Emanuel was reelected in 2015.

“16 shots and a coverup” has been a common chant by Chicago protesters ever since.

It was Alvarez who faced voters first after the McDonald tape was made public.

The victory by Foxx was surprising only by its margin–Foxx collected nearly 60 percent of the primary vote over the incumbent and a third candidate. In the general election she trounced Republican Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche.

Disclosure: Chris is a former client of mine.

After leaving the employ of Alvarez, Foxx served as chief of staff of Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle. As “Taxwinkle” is a hardened leftist, that fulfilled the necessary pedigree for Foxx to campaign as a “reform” prosecutor. Foxx, as is Preckwinkle, is an African American. Black Lives Matter activists lined up behind Foxx. A Foxx PAC accepted over $300,000 from George Soros.

Intersectionality carried the day.

Preckwinkle is a candidate for mayor of Chicago–the election is Tuesday. The only reason her ties to Foxx aren’t a bigger issue is that Lori Lightfoot appears to be a shoo-in to become Chicago’s first black female mayor instead of Preckwinkle.

During the ’16 campaign Foxx said she’d ease up on non-violent first-time offenders, presumably of the Bart Simpson variety. But there is no Simpsons episode of Bart creating an expensive hate crime hoax.

The explanations by Foxx about her actions in the Smollett case–colloquially speaking of course–are about as solid as those “balanced” Illinois budgets. On Wednesday she said the hoax case was strong enough to win a conviction. Two days later she wasn’t so sure.

On the home page of the Cook County state’s attorney office is this banner headline, “The SAO has released over six years of felony case data in a groundbreaking step towards transparency and public accountability.”

An exception of course is the Smollett case, which Judge Steven G. Watkins sealed at the request of Smollett’s attorneys, while the assistant to Foxx did nothing.

Nor has Foxx reveled the exact nature of the intervention into the Smollett case by former Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen and relatives of the formerly accused.

Cook County voters–but not this one–chose an identity-politics leftist as its prosecutor. When you think of the Smollett outrage in those terms, the dropping of the charges against the openly gay black man shouldn’t be surprising.

On Monday the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police will be protesting outside the office of Foxx. I expect that “16 counts and a coverup” to be one of the chants heard.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.