Executives quit Chicago prosecutor’s office amid Smollett controversy


KEITH RANIRI SET TO GONE 0 TRIAL NEXT MONTH. A FOX URGENT. KIM FOXX’S CHIEF PROSECUTOR, APRIL PERRY IS RESIGNING. HER OFFICE DROPPED OFF THE CHARGES AGAINST THE ACTOR LAST MONTH CAUSING OUTRAGE. THEY SAY JUSSIE SMOLLETT LIED ABOUT A RACIST ATTACK AGAINST HIM. MIKE TOBIN REPORTING LIVE FROM CHICAGO. MIKE?>>TRACE, JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, FOX NEWS LEARNED THAT A THIRD EMPLOYEE FROM THE STATE’S ATTORNEYS OFFICE, THE DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. THIS COMES AS WE JUST LEARNED THE CHIEF ETHICS OFFICER ANNOUNCED SHE’S RETIRING. THIS CHIEF ETHICS OFFICER, THE PERSON THAT ADVISED KIM FOXX THAT SHE NEEDED TO STEP AWAY FROM THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE. IT IS NOW KNOWN THAT FOXX NEVER FORMALLY RECUSED HERSELF. TEXTS SHOW THAT SHE MADE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DEPUTY PROSECUTOR HANDLING THE CASE. PERRY IS STEPPING DOWN TO TAKE A PRIVATE JOB IN THE TECH SECTOR.>>WE NEVER HAD AN ETHICS OFFICER IN COOK COUNTY. WHAT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE IS ANY DECISION I MADE, EVEN THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY WOULD BE VETTED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN MYSELF.>>AND MAT ROTERG ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS RETIRING. HE TOLD OUR MATT FINN THAT THAT’S WHY HE SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION BEFORE THE CONTROVERSIES BOILED UP AND THE TIMING OF HIS RETIREMENT NOW IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT HE’S TURNING 67 YEARS OLD AND HE WANTS TO RETIRE. THE SPECIFIC TIMING IS BUILT AROUND A FISHING TRIP. AND COOK COUNTY IS ALSO HEARING THE CASE OF R. KELLY. WE GOT A STATEMENT FROM KIM FOXX, AMONG OTHER THINGS, SHE WANTS TO ENSURE THE HANDLING OF THE SMOLLETT CASE IS TRANSPARENT BUT SHE WILL ISSUE NO FURTHER

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