The Chicago state attorney's office is not prepared for responding to the "Imperial" report Jussie Smollett's false crime crimes, according to the thousands of text messages HuffPost obtained.
State Attorney of Cook County Kim Foxx was called Smollett a "wash of celeb" and rebuked the number of charges filed against him.
"So …… I'm complaining but when people accuse overcharging cases .. 16th number in a class 4 [felony] becomes exhibit A," Foxx says in a text message to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats on March 8. He sent the message on the same day a grand jury judged Smollett in 16 counts of accusations accusing him of fraudulently crimes of hate against Himself.
"Pedophile with 4 victims of 10 counts," Foxx continued, referring to criminal abuses of sexually charged charges against accused pedophile R. Kelly two weeks earlier . "The celebs were lying lied to the police, 16 counts."
"In a case that is eligible for deferred persecution I think it implies something we should look at generally," he said. "Because we can charge something does not mean we should do it."
"We do not want to," he said later.
Text messages, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act's request, also show that Foxx continues to consult his team even though he is not officially recruiting himself from the case Smollett. He stated that he would no longer be involved in the case after his office was declared in connection with potential witnesses, a spokeswoman told NBC News during that time. His pavement was made by Magats the lawyer of the acting state for Smollett's case.
In a CNN statement on Tuesday night, Foxx defended his talk with Magats and his team after his curiosity.
Foxx said he had arrived at Magats "to discuss office policy reviews to determine the comparisons of our charges and our use of appropriate charging authority."
"I was elected to bring criminal justice reform, and this includes intentionality, consistency and discretion. I continue to pursue these guiding principles, "Foxx said in CNN.
Smollett charges came down on March 26, which destroyed insults and issued standings from the Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Jussie Smollett in the FOX Empire
Emanuel called it "a whitening of justice" and said "Smollett" Chicago's Superintendent of Police Eddie Johnson told reporters that he did not think that justice served and said, "I think this debt is a loan" from Smollett.
Text messages between Foxx and others in the state lawyer's lawyer team released Tuesday night show that the office is not ready for the backlash.
In a text message sent the day the charges dropped, Foxx said he told Johnson they were dismissed as he reached a deferred prosecution agreement. As part of the agreement, Foxx said, the artist paid "paying $ 10k in the city, and community service was completed."
The state attorney office also appears to have been damaged by media reports suggesting that it has been agreed to seal the court of Smollett
"We do not agree to seal the file of the court, "said Kiera Ellis, director of external affairs for state lawyer, in a text response to a news article. "Immediate sealing of his lawful record was granted … sheesh."
As the aggravation of charges fell, State Attorney Risa Lanier sent a message to Magats who expressed some disappointment in the reply.
"Just like I've anticipated the size of this response and planned a better better," he wrote.
"There's really no planning for them. This is the right decision," Magats said. Foxx asks the Cook County inspector to open an investigation into handling his Smollett case office, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
"Ensuring that I and my office have confidence and confidence in the community are most important to me, this is why I invited an independent review of this matter," Foxx said in a statement last week. "I accept this investigation and promise my full cooperation and the cooperation of my office as IG [Patrick] Blanchard conducts his review."
Sam Levine contributed this report.
- This article originally appeared in HuffPost.