Texts Reveal State Prosecutors Wholly Unprepared For Fallout Of Smollett Case

Texts Reveal State Prosecutors Wholly Unprepared For Fallout Of Smollett Case

Her full texts read, "Sooo.I'm recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases.16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A".

Magats replied that he could "see where that can be seen as excessive".

"Pedophile with four victims 10 counts".

Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, had been indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct on charges he staged a hate crime attack on himself. "We look forward to the findings of the Cook County Independent Inspector General's Office's review of how we handled this case". "Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16", Foxx added, apparently comparing the charges to those faced by singer R. Kelly.

The messages were among almost 200 pages of screenshots of texts exchanged between Foxx and her top staff, included alongside more than 3,600 pages of emails - and a 36-page spreadsheet detailing records the office determined could not be released to the public because records in Smollett's case were sealed the day the charges were dropped.

The almost 4,000 page document was in response to the media's Freedom of Information Act requests. Last week the city of Chicago sued Smollett for more than $130,000 in costs to cover the investigation.

Other texts showed prosecutor were blindsided by the response they got following their decision to drop the charges.

Late Tuesday, Foxx's office made public thousands of internal texts and emails on the Smollett case in response to public-records requests by the Tribune. Her office maintains that Foxx withdrew herself only informally, as a true recusal would have involved the appointment of a special counsel.

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Foxx had recused herself from the case in February after she had communications with one of Smollett's relatives.

Smollett was initially charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he'd been the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in January.

Foxx texted Magats that morning to tell him she'd just gotten a call from Johnson, and that the superintendent seemed "satisfied" with her explanation that Smollett's deal was "essentially deterred (sic) prosecution".

Police said, in reality, Smollett had paid Ola and Abel Osundairo to stage the attack.

Johnson, though, was furious over the decision and publicly blasted it - along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against Smollett.

A representative for Smollett did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment Tuesday night.

The trove of documents released also shows that, two days before charges were dropped, prosecutors received letters of support for Smollett from the Black AIDS Institute, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition and The City Lights Orchestra, citing his activism and community service.