Chicago’s top prosecutor was subpoenaed to appear in court in connection with the handling of the Jussie Smollett case. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was subpoenaed along with her top deputy, Joseph Magats.
A court document was also filed requesting that “Empire” actor Smollett appear at the hearing. Retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien, who is behind the filings, is pushing for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case.
“O’Brien requested Foxx, Magats and Smollett produce the original documents in the ‘Empire’ actor’s criminal case to ‘assure’ the public ‘that they have not been altered or destroyed and will not be destroyed throughout this case,’ court documents show,” the paper reports.
The report notes that O’Brien’s petition for a special prosecutor claims Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case was “plagued with irregularity.”
“Foxx’s conflict in this matter is beyond dispute,” O’Brien states in the petition, adding that Foxx should have sought the appointment of a special prosecutor. “Instead, Foxx misled the public into believing that Smollett’s case was handled like any other prosecution and without influence.”