Jussie Smollett 'prosecutor' using govt. lawyers to 'evade the truth'

State attorney Kim Foxx has been subpoenaed to explain her actions in the Jussie Smollett case. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The prosecutor who reportedly masterminded the Jussie Smollett debacle should be made to pay for her own lawyers, a retired judge said.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s machinations relating to the Empire star’s bogus beatdown are now under fire.

Former State Appeals Court Judge Sheila O’Brien said Foxx is using “tax-supported attorneys to evade subpoenas, hide from the press and continue to evade the truth”.

Empire star Smollett, 36, claimed in January he was the victim of a racist, homophobic beatdown.

Friends in high places. Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Paul Beaty / AP

But cops suspected from the start the actor had orchestrated the hoax in a bid for more cash and a bigger role in Empire.

But despite the 16 felony charges, Smollett managed to skate in March after two days of community service.

The actor’s family is politically well connected and they allegedly reached out to former first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff to grease the wheels for Smollett.

Immediately, the decision triggered protests and rancour.

“Tax supported attorneys are to do the business of the people — not protect the State’s Attorney in disobeying the law,” O’Brien wrote, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Her motion seeks to disqualify the staff lawyers that have been representing the state’s attorney’s office in hearings on the special prosecutor request.

“Kim Foxx should use her own funds, not tax funds, to represent her in this proceeding as she continues to fight subpoenas, deny access to the press, seal court files, and evade telling the truth,” O’Brien added.

In April, O’Brien in April petitioned the chief judge to appoint a special prosecutor to probe how Smollett faked a hate crime attack on himself.

The case was abruptly dismissed. Foxx called the manoeuvre “alternative prosecution”.

Critics called it special treatment and political machinations.

O’Brien also has filed subpoenas for Foxx, her deputy Joseph Magats, and Democratic fundraiser and Obama pal Tina Tchen.

It was Tchen who reached out on the disgraced actor’s behalf.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police and prosecutors groups were outraged.

 

 

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