Foxx — who recused herself from the case — wants those confused by the decision to know that the “Empire” star received the same deal as a non-celeb.
Foxx is speaking out to clarify a few things for those “who don’t understand the intricacies of the justice system, who don’t understand alternative prosecution or diversion or alternate outcomes outside of prison or lengthy probation.”
Foxx also told ABC7 in Chicago her office did NOT ask for the resolution in Smollett’s case to be made under seal. She says Smollett’s criminal record — in relation to the police report — is what should have been kept under seal. She says her office is in the process of unsealing the resolution.
Foxx also broached the subject about her recusal and added there was zero outside influence on the case. Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, is going to bat for her office, which opted to let Jussie Smollett walk … saying the public just doesn’t understand this is how the law works.
Tina Tchen clarified her contact with Foxx saying, “Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted [Foxx], who I also know from prior work together.”
“My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public.”
Foxx also noted that those who know the legal system know “the likelihood that someone would get a prison sentence for a Class 4 felony is slim.”
First Assistant to the Cook County State’s Attorney Joseph Magats said prosecutors dropped the case because lying about an alleged hate crime was not a violent act. After all, no one was hurt in Jussie’s shenanigans but Jussie himself.
Meanwhile, Trump has weighed in on the situation, taking to Twitter to call Smollett’s case “an embarrassment to our nation.”
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019