“Two deputies of embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, including the ethics officer who wrote a memo announcing Foxx had recused herself from the Jussie Smollett prosecution, will leave the office in coming weeks,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
“Both April Perry, whom Foxx appointed two years ago as the first chief ethics officer, and Mark Rotert, a veteran prosecutor and civil attorney who revamped the process the office used to review wrongful conviction claims, will leave Foxx’s staff on May 3, according to letters obtained through a public records request,” the paper reports, adding: “Perry submitted her resignation Wednesday, and an email sent to staff states she is taking a job as general counsel for a tech start-up. Rotert filed a resignation letter on March 27, coincidentally, the day before the office dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct charged against the ‘Empire’ actor, Rotert told The Chicago Sun-Times.”
Rotert is quoted saying in a phone interview that the Smollett case “had absolutely zero percent to do with my decision.”
The report adds: “Perry, who is Rotert’s supervisor, did not respond to requests for comment. On Thursday evening, Foxx sent a notice to staff about a May 1 farewell party for Rotert and Perry, lauding both for their work with the office.”