She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

I am recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.

The associate answered, "Yes".

"Yes I can see here that can be seen as excessive", Magats replied.

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts [a reference to R. Kelly]".

Foxx added: "On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally".

Magats then texted that he'd get with some other members of the state's attorney's office and "take a hard look at how we charge the cases and get it to something that covers what needs to be covered without being excessive and ultimately pointless". But on March 26, just weeks after the indictment, the Cook County State's Attorney dropped the charges.

The messages were among almost 200 pages of screenshots of texts exchanged between Foxx and her top staff, included alongside more than 3,600 pages of emails - and a 36-page spreadsheet detailing records the office determined could not be released to the public because records in Smollett's case were sealed the day the charges were dropped.

The text messages were revealed in a trove of text messages and emails released on Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

The office, though, denied outright requests for its internal files, saying it did so because the judge presiding over the case had agreed to seal the public court file moments after prosecutors dropped all the charges.

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It appears that CPD officials got far less input into the decision to drop charges against Smollett.

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.

She also told her co-hosts that Smollett "is going through it", and while "there's a lot of things that's happening, he's not publicly ready to speak".

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.

"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.

Jussie Smollett delivered a reading of the 2003 Tony-winning play in New York City 12 hours prior to allegedly faking a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

The move to drop charges has provoked fierce criticism.

Cook County's Inspector General Patrick Blanchard has begun an investigation into how Foxx's office handled the case.

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