Kim Foxx’s GOP chal­lenger calls her ‘a dis­as­ter,’ cites po­lice group’s re­port

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATTHEW HENDRICKSO­N, STAFF RE­PORTER mhen­drick­son@sun­ | @MHen­drick­sonCST

Kim Foxx’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent blasted her Thurs­day, cit­ing a re­cent re­port by the Law En­force­ment Le­gal De­fense Fund that con­cluded the top Cook County pros­e­cu­tor wasn’t ef­fec­tive in con­vict­ing crim­i­nal sus­pects.

“She wins less cases, se­cures less guilty ver­dicts, dis­misses more cases and loses more cases than her pre­de­ces­sor,” Pa­trick O’Brien said, point­ing to how the re­port com­pares Foxx to for­mer State’s At­tor­ney Anita Al­varez.

O’Brien, a for­mer de­fense at­tor­ney and cir­cuit court judge who is hop­ing to un­seat Foxx on Nov. 3, called her “a dis­as­ter for the pros­e­cu­tion of crime in Cook County.”

The re­port O’Brien used against Foxx in­cluded a for­ward by Ed­win Meese, who was at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan. Meese is a board mem­ber of the Law En­force­ment Le­gal De­fense Fund, a not­for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that funds de­fenses of po­lice of­fi­cers in crim­i­nal cases.

The re­port found that in the ju­ris­dic­tions of Foxx and five other top pros­e­cu­tors who ran on re­form and pro­gres­sive plat­forms, there was an over­all 20% in­crease in dropped or lost felony cases and a 19% de­cline in guilty ver­dicts and pleas.

Af­ter Foxx took of­fice, there was a 13% de­cline in guilty pleas or ver­dicts in felony cases and a 39% in­crease in dropped or lost cases, the re­port found.

A 2019 re­port by the Mar­shall Project also found that Foxx was drop­ping more felony cases that Al­varez would have pur­sued, most notably for shoplift­ing and drugs, but also found an in­crease in prose­cu­tions by Foxx’s of­fice for gun of­fenses.

Foxx’s cam­paign ques­tioned the re­port Thurs­day and said the data used in it has been ma­nip­u­lated for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses.


Pa­trick O’Brien

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