The Chicago prosecutor who became a lightning rod for criticism of authorities’ handling of the case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett announced Tuesday that she’s seeking re-election, the AP reports.
“In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the Smollett case and the furor over the handling of it,” the AP reports. “The actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself earlier this year in Chicago while in the city filming the television series ‘Empire.’”
Foxx took the brunt of the criticism after her office suddenly dropped charges Smollett. The AP notes that she is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation.
In her announcement, Foxx is quoted saying of the Smollett case: “Truth is, I didn’t handle it well. I own that. I’m making changes in my office to make sure we do better.” She did not elaborate.
“She is the first black woman to lead the office that prosecutes cases in the county, which includes Chicago,” the AP notes. “She was elected in 2016 after promising to make criminal justice reform a priority.”
The report adds: “Since being top prosecutor, she has verbally tussled with Chicago’s police union. In July, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Kevin Graham sent her a letter demanding that she turn over to a special prosecutor any cases in which officers are accused of misconduct or are victims of crimes because of a ‘deep mistrust’ between police and Foxx’s office.”