Chicago State Attorney Kim Foxx has faced heavy criticism over the last few weeks following her decision to let disgraced actor Jussie Smollett get away with faking a racist attack on himself. Now she’s in the firing line again, accused of hypocrisy by a judge because she’s pushing forward with another prosecution in another case — for the same crime.
Kim Foxx, State Attorney for Cook County, sparked national outrage when she controversially dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett in March. The actor had been charged with filing a fake police report after claiming to be the victim of a racist and homophobic assault carried out by Trump supporters. A police investigation revealed that Smollett, hoping to gain publicity and boost his career, had paid two Nigerian brothers to attack him.
- When the truth about the “attack” came out on February 20th, Smollett was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. He was indicted on 16 felony counts on March 8th.
- However, Smollett never had to face a jury. Instead, his lawyers cut a deal with prosecutor Foxx. The actor got away with two days’ community service and the forfeiture of his $10,000 bail bond — which a friend had paid for him. He didn’t even have to admit his guilt.
- Foxx tried to deflect the controversy that followed, claiming “the goal posts change” when an African-American becomes lead prosecutor. That didn’t work as well as she probably expected it to; the race card is getting worn out from being played too often, and the FBI is investigating the case to discover why Smollett was let off so lightly.
- Now a judge has stepped forward to blast Foxx for double standards. It seems the goal posts only change if you’re a rich actor. If you’re an ordinary American facing the same charges, you’re not going to get any special treatment from Kim Foxx.
- It turns out that 21-year-old Candace Clark is facing a lighter version of what Smollett should have been in for — she’s been charged with one count of making a false report. This one is only for claiming money was stolen from her bank, which seems less serious than inventing a fake racist attack and blaming it on the president’s supporters.
- Less serious or not, though, the prosecutor’s office is hitting Clark with the full force of the law — and Kim Foxx is leading the charge.
- Clark is claiming she’s a victim of double standards because Foxx let Smollett off on the same charges. Marc Martin, a Cook County judge, agrees; he says Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case sends a signal that anyone charged with the same offense as Smollett is entitled to the same treatment. Thanks to Foxx and her political posturing, it’s hard to say they’re wrong.