State Attorney Kim Foxx and her First Assistant Joseph Magats have been subpoenaed by retired appellate judge Sheila O’Brien to appear in court regarding her handling of the Jussie Smollett case. The retired judge is seeking to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Foxx’s management of the case and also filed a “notice to appear” to get Jussie to be present at the court hearing as well.
’Brien reportedly requested Foxx and Magats produce all original documents from the case to prove they have not been altered or destroyed. O’Brien believes Foxx’s handling of the case was “plagued with irregularity” and that she “misled the public into believing that Smollett’s case was handled like any other prosecution and without influence.”
However, in turn, Foxx and Magats defended their decision to drop the charges against Jussie and welcomed an independent investigation. As a result, an independent inspector general investigation has started. Three members of Foxx’s team, including her chief ethics officer and chief spokesman, recently resigned from her office in wake of the backlash from dropping the charges.