You Would Think a Prosecutor Would Fight Government Corruption

In a perfect world anyway, but Chicago is in a different area code from that perfect world. Where is States Attorney Foxx on this most recent episode of Cook County corruption?.

I know, I know. Chicago politicians engaging in corruption is about as much a news story as the sun coming up in the east.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on the insider deal involving the Cook County Land Bank Authority and a building that Austin’s [34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin] chief of staff Chester Wilson Jr. owned at 103rd Street and Corliss Avenue.

And the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Kim Foxx, affectionately (or maybe not) known to Second City Cop (See the blogroll) as Crimeshea? She appears to be AWOL on the subject.

Kim Foxx is our chief law enforcement officer and absolutely has a duty to be looking into this. It’s been 3 days since the story broke and she remains silent.

If she is not up to the job, she should resign.

The Fix Is In

In Chicago, “You can’t fight City Hall” apparently reaches to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Crimeshea Kim Foxx. Court Documents Reveal Dan Webb, Special Prosecutor In Jussie Smollett Case, Once Donated $1,000 To State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

So after Jussie Smollet (allegedly) invented a hate crime, and cops spent a boatload of taxpayer money investigating it, and then investigating him for making a false report, et cetera, Kim Foxx decided that all those felonies could just go away. After a call from the Obama’s attorney, or a friend who’s also an attorney, or whatever. The ethics officer for State’s Attorney’s office quit the next day. (Or 2.) So eventually a “special prosecutor” was appointed to decide if any laws were broken. In Cook County they don’t worry about ethics. They don’t even worry about laws all that much, unless they really, really get caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

But it turns out that this prosecutor is in fact “special,” but not in a good way.

The donation came from a fundraiser in October 2016 at the law firm Winston & Strawn, where Webb serves as a co-executive chairman.

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As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, Webb said he does not remember writing the check and thus did not tell the judge who appointed him. It is a potential problem for the recently-selected special prosecutor.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who calls the whole thing Business as Usual.

Will a State’s Attorney Plead the Fifth?

JusticeThat would make the “criminal” part of The Criminal Justice System really stand out. Column: Will State’s Attorney Kim Foxx plead the Fifth in her Jussie Smollett mess?

Though a Cook County grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts for allegedly faking a hate crime, Foxx’s office inexplicably dropped the charges. Her chief ethics officer, former assistant U.S. Attorney April Perry, later resigned.

What would happen to a prosecutor who takes the Fifth after she’s been accused of playing games with justice?

In Chicago, that’s business as usual.

Hat Tip to Second City Cop, who is trying to expand everyone’s vocabulary.

Our best guess is the Chicago Machine is in the midst of an internecine (look that one up) war between the Old Guard and the Prickwrinkle faction which is currently aligned with the Sparklefarts [That’s SCC-speak for the Obamas] people.

Think “The System” Will Protect You? Not in Cook County

Not anywhere, really, but Cook County seems to be doubling down on the “We won’t protect victims of domestic violence” stance. Domestic violence victims face risk of being attacked again following Cook County reforms, a Tribune investigation found. Not that the system did such a wonderful job before the “reform.”

So bail reform. It isn’t fair to keep people in jail before their trial. (Innocent until proved guilty.) Even if they are a known threat to someone.

One guy set his girlfriend’s garage on fire with a Molotov cocktail. The 2nd beat up his wife when a judge reduced his bond.

A third woman was attacked by her ex-boyfriend at least five times in 18 months, but he never spent more than 17 days at a time in jail until prosecutors finally charged him with a felony after he racked up five cases and probation violations.

Those are just three anecdotes. The numbers are a lot higher than that.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (or as Second City Cop calls her, Crimeshea), says the Tribune should have used her department’s web site/information portal, even though it doesn’t allow for the level of reporting done in this story, and only considers felonies to begin with.

More info on that 3rd case:

Brandon Miles was arrested five times in 18 months on charges he stalked and beat his ex-girlfriend Tasha Blanchard. But prosecutors didn’t charge Miles with a felony until December

He plead to misdemeanors, and time served, so the attorneys could just make the case go away. If he had managed to kill that woman, they would have been at least partly to blame. (At least in my eyes, but probably not before the law.)

If you are expecting “The System” to protect you, wake up. If you need an order of protection, then you need a plan for your personal safety because the courts and the lawyers are not going to do much, and the cops are never going to get to you to prevent bad things from happening. That just isn’t how the world works. (Usually the victim, or someone else, calls 911 after the attack has begun. Or maybe after it has ended.)

Just When You Thought the Jussie Smollett Case Was Over…

It starts up again. Kim Foxx subpoenaed to appear at hearing on Smollett special prosecutor request.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has been subpoenaed to appear in court as a lawyer seeks the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien, who filed the petition for a special prosecutor, also filed a subpoena for Foxx’s top deputy, Joseph Magats, and another document requesting Jussie Smollett appear at the hearing.

Because this whole thing smells of a backroom deal.

And the Tribune has an opinion-piece (by former ASA) on how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is basically a train-wreck under Foxx.

Today, however, it is clear that a discussion of Foxx’s qualifications was important. Her inexperience, poor judgment and misaligned sense of ethics — not her race — have led to the state of mistrust we endure today.

Hat tip to Second City Cop for both of these links.

Chicago, and Corrupt Politicians

Is there another kind of politician in Chicago? Kim Foxx’s embarrassing OMG moment in the Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, affectionately (NOT) known as Crimeshea by Second City Cop, has had to recuse herself from the Jussie Smollett case because of a huge (OMG-level) bit of conflict of interest. She agreed to do a favor for Smollett after an Obama/Emanuel attorney reached out. (It’s the Chicago Way™. Look up “Clout” sometime.)

[The Tribune article] is an account of how Foxx was contacted in the Smollett case by a politically connected lawyer close to Chicago’s most prominent political families, the Obamas and Emanuels.

That lawyer, Tina Tchen, was chief of staff for former first lady Michelle Obama, and she is a friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wife, Amy Rule. Tchen was apparently a go-between for someone in the Smollett family.

As a result of this, as the Smollett case was unraveling, Foxx pressured the Superintendent of Chicago PD to have the FBI take over the case. And just how impartial has the FBI proven to be in the past 2 years? But the ask and her response came to light, and made her look like the corrupt politician she is. Not that it will impact her at all, she is a loyal Democrat in the one-party state of Cook County, and the People’s Republic of Chicago.

For the original article referenced in the opinion piece linked above, you can see this link: State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Chicago’s top cop to turn Jussie Smollett probe over to FBI, texts and emails show

Chicago and Revolving-door Justice

Or not so much justice, actually. More charges brought in robbery near Boystown (and the accused is on TRIPLE probation).

You read that correctly. He was on probation – concurrently – for 3 separate crimes.

It turns out that [Moshe] Nudelman was on triple probation at the time of the robbery, according to court records.

In November 2017, Judge Lauren Edidin sentenced Nudelman to one year’s probation for selling a stolen camera online. At the same hearing, Edidin sentenced Nudelman to a concurrent year of probation for stealing two watches worth $9,800 in Skokie.

Then, on August 1st, Judge Edidin again gave Nudelman another sentence of probation after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a Skokie smoke shop just two months after he was given the previous probation sentences.

And despite all of that, he is being held in lieu of bail. Which I think might he might raise somehow.

When you make something less-expensive, you get more of it. You could also file this under, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s gonna want a glass of milk.”

How Not to Deter Crime

The Cook County Criminal Justice System (at times more criminal than concerned with Justice) can’t figure out why crime is so high in the city. Recognizance Bond For North Avenue Beach Bicycle Thief (It’s His Third Theft Arrest Since May 15th).

An Uptown man charged with stealing a bike at North Avenue Beach on Saturday—and then trying to sell it to passers-by—now has three theft cases pending against him, according to court records.

Despite police noting in Saturday’s arrest report that the alleged bike theft was “a clear violation of bail bond conditions,” Judge Michael Clancy released 41-year-old Miguel Yanez on a recognizance bond. It’s Yanez’s third recognizance bond for theft since May 15th.

So he keeps stealing and he keeps getting a pass. What lesson does that teach? Do you think he might graduate from stealing bicycles to stealing cars? Or robbery? Or carjacking? Who can say, except it is clear that the lesson is, “there is no downside” to crime in Chicago.

Since May 15th he has stolen a power-washer, a $1200 octopus sculpture, a wallet and a bicycle. Allegedly?

More on Chicago’s Continuing Crime Problem

There is a problem in Cook County when it comes to keeping the really bad guys off the street. (See also the previous posting, on the nature of charges brought.) Dart warns of ‘dramatic increase’ in people charged with gun crimes released on electronic monitors – Chicago Tribune

There was an effort in the Cook County courts to not hold people on bail just because they were poor and couldn’t afford the cash bond. It was supposed to be directed at non-violent offenders. Which is probably a good idea, but then you asked a government bureaucracy to change they way they are doing things, and you are shocked that it isn’t working out.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says hundreds of people charged with gun crimes have been released from the County Jail on electronic bracelets in recent months as a result of attempts at bond reform, raising public safety concerns.

Gun crimes would seem to be the exact opposite of non-violent crimes, yet these are the people released to electronic monitoring. Oh, and so many people were added to the program, there weren’t enough employees doing the monitoring.

If there is no penalty for crime, you will see more crime.

“Every [city] gets the government it deserves”

JusticeAnd Chicago wonders why it has a crime problem. (And the quote in the title was not quite the way I see it.) CWB Chicago: Lakeview: Judge “Gobsmacked” By Weak Charges For Mob Accused Of Theft And Threatening People With Golf Clubs

When even a judge known to be very polite is upset, you know something must be wrong.

Three people with long criminal records assaulted people with golf clubs. The Cook County Stat’s Attorney saw fit to only charge them with misdemeanors.

In court on Wednesday, Judge Calabrese was told that the men used the golf clubs to threaten people and took whatever they wanted from stores while swinging the clubs around.

“Calabrese was P*SSED,” a friend of the blog reported. “He asked [the prosecutor] to read all their previous sentences and arrest records. He was ‘gobsmacked’—his word.”

It’s a very British word for an American judge. But it fits.

So Why Is This Guy on the Street?

Convicted again and again. Then paroled and he commits another crime. Why is he not in prison? CWB Chicago: “Have You Ever Been Shot?”—Paroled Again And Again And Again, Man Now Charged With Blue Line Robbery

He received a 25-year-sentenced for trying to shoot a city worker in 1999, which should’ve been enough to keep him in prison until 2024.

Chicago – in the person of the Mayor – will tell you their problems are all the fault of not enough gun control. But if this guy’s story is common, they have an old-fashioned criminal control problem; they aren’t keeping the bad guys locked up.

This is the list of times he was convicted.

  • 6 years for manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2013
  • 25 years for aggravated discharge of a firearm in 1999
  • 5 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 1999
  • 4 years for violating the controlled substances act in 1993
  • 10 years for attempted murder in 1993
  • 10 years for armed robbery in 1993

    I guess Illinois doesn’t have a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” type of law. And why didn’t the crime in 2013 get him sent back on the convictions in 1999?

    Chicago Cops Likely Violated Constitutional Rights. Cook County Prosecutor May Have Lied Under Oath

    The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has been aiding and abetting the Chicago Police for decades. Looks like this time one got caught in a lie. Secret recording divulged by defense in shooting of Chicago cop – Chicago Tribune

    It turns out the mother of a suspect in a shooting of a police officer – where a search was done without bothering to get a search warrant – recorded the interaction with authorities. She was in her own home after all.

    The judge had been expected to rule as soon as Friday on whether officers violated Sadler’s constitutional rights when they entered his mother’s South Side home soon after Pearson was shot. But with the disclosure of the recording, Wilson postponed his decision. He banned Chicago police and prosecutors from seeking a search warrant for the iPad, ordering that it remain in the possession of Sadler’s attorneys, who told the judge they would provide prosecutors with a copy of the video as soon as that same day.

    The mother is claiming that her statement the SA’s office presented is not the statement she made. In particular it omits the bit where she asked to see an attorney. Now that we know there is a recording, some Assistant DA is likely gonna lose a license to practice law.

    “If the video … proves that the state’s attorney did in fact lie under oath, some strong action should be taken to discourage that from ever happening again,” [Cook County Public Defender Amy] Campanelli said.

    One sad thing is that the kid who shot the cop will likely go free because the Chicago Police department didn’t bother to abide by the Constitution. I guess they think it doesn’t apply to them.

    The powers that be – and the Tribune – are wondering why it took 3 years for this recording to surface. That isn’t hard. Until a recent Supreme Court ruling, it was illegal to video cops doing their jobs in Illinois. No longer.