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O’Brien calls on Kim Foxx to resign as Cook County States Attorney
State’s Attorney Candidate Judge Pat O’Brien Calls for Kim Foxx’s Resignation in Wake of Special Prosecutor Report
Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Judge Pat O’Brien will hold a press conference at 4 pm today at the Daley Center to discuss the results of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb’s report into the conduct of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her handling of the Jussie Smollett case.
Judge O’Brien will be joined by former Judge Sheila O’Brien (no relation), whose activism led to the special prosecutor’s investigation into the conduct of Foxx.
Statement from Judge Pat O’Brien
“This report makes it crystal clear that Kim Foxx engaged in a substantial abuse of discretion by making false statements to the public about this case, breaching the State’s Attorney’s ethical obligations of honesty and transparency, In light of this report and so many other ethical lapses, Kim Foxx should resign from office.”
Specifically, the Webb report said,
- “Substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office”
- “Major failure of the operations of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office”
- “Breached its obligations of honesty and transparency by making false and/or misleading statements to the public”
- “The Office of the Special Prosecutor did develop evidence that may rise to the level of a violation of legal ethics by State’s Attorney Foxx and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office lawyers relating to false and/or misleading public statements made about the prosecution and resolution of the Initial Smollett Case.”
About Pat O’Brien: Judge Pat O’Brien was born and raised in Chicago, where he attended St. Ignatius High School. Upon receiving his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, Judge O’Brien returned home to attend DePaul University College of Law. He has twice worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, handling high-profile cases representing the State of Illinois. As a result of his dedication to serving justice, O’Brien received appointments to high-level leadership positions in the Felony Review Unit as Felony Trial Supervisor, Bureau Chief of the Criminal Division, and finally, Chief Deputy.
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