Embattled Illinois prosecutor Kim Foxx announced her run for re-election in a dramatic commercial where she admits she mishandled the high-profile Jussie Smollett case and says her office is attacked every day for it.
Foxx announced Tuesday that she is running for re-election as Cook County State Attorney in a news release and shared a commercial on social media where she admits in the Empire actor’s case ‘I didn’t handle it well. I own that’.
The 47-year-old top prosecutor came under fire for dropping the 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, who allegedly paid two men to stage a fake hate crime assault against him and filed a false police report in February.
‘Four years ago I ran for state’s attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County. I’m running again because we’re only getting started,’ Foxx said in her campaign video.
‘State’s Attorney is a tough job. Every day my office is under attack. From a president who uses our city as a punching bag, the NRA hellbent on letting guns flood our streets, and the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) clinging to the old ways. They’ll do anything to undercut progress including attacking me personally over the Jussie Smollett case,’ she continued.
‘Truth is I didn’t handle it well. I own that. I’m making changes in my office to make sure we do better. That’s what reform is about,’ Foxx stated.
She then points to her triumphs in office, such as prosecuting violent crimes rather than low level offenses, a rise in gun prosecutions, and putting the killers of Hadiya Pendleton and Tyshawn Lee behind bars.
‘So hear it from me. A girl from Carbini and a woman standing up to that old boys club. We’re on the right path to reforming criminal justice in Cook County and making the system work for everyone,’ Foxx concluded in the video.
‘I ran for Cook County State’s Attorney four years ago because we needed to change criminal justice in our county. Today, I’m officially running for re-election. We’ve gotten a lot done, and we can’t go back now,’ Foxx tweeted Tuesday.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail