Special Prosecutor Calls Foxx’s Handling of Smollett Case A Major Failure

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

December 21, 2021

CHICAGO – A special prosecutor investigating Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case has called it a “major failure” with substantial abuses of discretion.

On Monday, Judge Michael Toomin allowed for the release of a 60-page summary report from Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, appointed by Judge Michael Toomin in 2019, which investigated how and why Foxx and her office dismissed an initial set of criminal charges against Smollett.

Webb and his team published a brief report last year that provided highlights of the investigation and discoveries of “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” in Foxx’s handling of the initial prosecution.

Although Webb found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Foxx and her team, his investigation said Foxx’s actions represented a “major failure of the operations” of the Cook County State’s Attorney Office.

For now, Webb’s team has determined there is no evidence that Foxx or anyone in her office could be criminally charged for bribery, failure to report a bribe, official misconduct, obstruction of justice, perjury, or any other criminal statute.