Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, a Democrat, was ripped up and down Friday in a resignation letter from exiting Illinois prosecutor Jim Murphy.
The assistant Cook County state’s attorney slammed Foxx for offering poor leadership and valuing political narrative over safety of citizens.
“[I] can’t continue to work for an administration I don’t respect,” Murphy said in a resignation letter, Fox News reported. Murphy served for 25 years before deciding he had to leave the office.
“I wish I could stay,” the prosecutor wrote. “However, I can no longer work for this Administration. I have zero confidence in leadership.”
“If this administration was truly concerned with effectively fighting violent crime, then they would fully staff those courtrooms and units,” Murphy continued, ripping staffing shortages. “Meanwhile the rest of us are overworked, overstressed, and under-resourced. But at least we were allowed to wear jeans in July.”
According to Fox News, Murphy highlighted an instance where Foxx was allegedly upset about a headline concerning a suspect evading a murder charge under the progressive Safe-T Act (Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act). Murphy said Foxx seemed to care more about the headline than the victim.
“That is what is wrong with this administration,” Murphy wrote, according to Fox News. “I’ve seen day after day. How many mass shootings do there have to be before something is done.”
“This administration is more concerned with political narratives and agendas than with victims and prosecuting violent crime,” the prosecutor added. “That is why I can’t stay any longer.”
The controversial Safe-T Act was praised by State Sen. Elgie Sims Jr. (D) last year as an avenue to “fundamentally change” criminal justice in Illinois.
“This is a moment that presents a tremendous opportunity for us to fundamentally change the way we look at criminal justice in this state,” Sims said in November 2021. “This is a big, bold, complex, transformational agenda.”
Alternatively, the legislation was ripped in an op-ed published in the Chicago Tribune for hindering law enforcement and giving “violent offenders a pass.”
“As chief legal officers, we have a sworn duty to protect the people of our counties,” wrote Jacqueline M. Lacy, Eric Weis, Nichole Kroncke, and Thomas A. Haine. “However, that promise has become increasingly more difficult to uphold because of Illinois legislation that was signed into law last year. Since the passage of the erroneously named SAFE-T Act, communities across our state have seen record spikes in crime, including rampant carjackings, indiscriminate shootings and homicides. The proposals set forth in House Bill 3653 pose a serious threat to public safety — specifically, to victims and witnesses of violent crimes in our community.”
“This legislation, at nearly 800 pages, was poorly drafted, passed in the middle of the night with little to no public debate or review, and contained various reactionary requirements inconsistent with long-standing and sound jurisprudence of our country and state,” the state’s attorneys slammed.
Foxx became a focal point in the media back in 2019, when the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced all 17 charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett would be dropped in an odd “plea deal” over an apparent race hoax, The Daily Wire reported.
The Democrat has notably taken big money from progressive organizations and Democrat megadonor George Soros.