Top Prosecutor Selling The Police Out?
Is Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx’s administration intentionally ignoring key evidence to protect her anti-police allies?
The current conduct and tactics of Foxx’s administration beg the question, particularly in the case of two men convicted of the brutal murders of Mariano and Jacinta Soto.
Arturo DeLeon-Reyes and Gabriel Solache confessed to stabbing the couple to death in their apartment and kidnapping their children in a bizarre, macabre plot to steal the Sotos’ newborn baby girl. Jacinta was stabbed so brutally that her blood was found on the walls five feet away from her body.
Such a vicious attack would compel one to assume that the primary goal of the prosecutor’s office should be to determine whether the men are in fact guilty of the crime. But it’s hard to see those efforts taking shape in the current state’s attorney’s office.
The reason is that Solache and DeLeon-Reyes are claiming, like so many convicts in the state prison system, that they are the victims of police misconduct. Based on this argument, attorneys for the men—including Karen Daniels from Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions—are trying to get Solache and DeLeon-Reyes out of prison. The attorneys are arguing that the two men were coerced into confessing by Detective Reynaldo Guevara and are innocent of the murders, even though their female co-defendant fingered them as accomplices. To repeat, the co-defendant admitted to it all and pleaded guilty under oath.
But more and more, it’s the conduct of Foxx’s prosecutors that should be drawing scrutiny in this case, particularly her top prosecutor, Eric Sussman.
Here is why. Attend a court hearing filled with the supporters of Solache and DeLeon-Reyes, and you will see a courtroom turned into a choreographed political protest, one harkening back to the criminal trials arising from riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. You will see a mob all wearing T-shirts with Reynaldo Guevara’s image on them, as a kind of uniform. Along with this group are members from virtually the entire community of anti-police law firms, stalking the courtroom as if it is their personal playground. Here, too, you will also find Eric Sussman.
Rather than ask the judge to impose order in the court and demand that the T-shirts with the detective’s likeness be removed, Sussman seems perfectly content with the circus-like atmosphere.
But Sussman’s failings go much deeper. In the Solache and DeLeon-Reyes case, as well as other cases, Sussman is overseeing a prosecutor’s office that has reversed the previous administration’s stance of supporting Guevara from attacks by law firms making allegations of coerced false confessions.
Imagine being a detective in a city where one administration backs up your investigations and the next one throws you under the bus.
But what is perhaps most suspicious about Sussman is his refusal to admit the full body of evidence that should be weighed in the Solache and DeLeon-Reyes case.
That body of evidence is gathered at the federal courthouse in downtown Chicago, where the wrongful conviction movement is accused of its own corruption in two key lawsuits. In these cases, attorneys allege a pattern and practice of misconduct in the wrongful conviction movement’s claims of police misconduct.
Allegations of police misconduct by wrongful conviction advocates? Isn’t that exactly what is going on in the Solache and DeLeon-Reyes case?
But rather than bring this evidence into the hearings that will determine whether Solache and DeLeon-Reyes are freed—and possibly get a huge payday—Sussman has wholly ignored it.
This a case in which a couple with two children, one of them an infant, was stabbed to death in their own apartment. Prosecutors are elected officials, sworn to fight crime. They are supposed to work hand in hand with police to keep violent criminals in prison.
Why, then, doesn’t Sussman subpoena the evidence in this case? Why is he allowing the claims of the chronic police accusers to proceed in the courts while this evidence has not been reviewed and considered by Foxx’s administration?
Sussman’s failure to pursue potentially relevant evidence in such a high-profile case with such far-reaching implications is a chilling sign that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is being politicized.
Consider two very important facts about the Foxx administration. First, Foxx received a huge boost in her campaign from far left activists and billionaire supporter with ties to the anti-police movement, George Soros.
From the Tribune:
Democratic donor Fred Eychaner gave $600,000 to Foxx's campaign. Preckwinkle's campaign chipped in more than $300,000. Service Employees Union International affiliates gave more than $200,000.
And billionaire Democratic contributor George Soros pumped $333,000 into the Illinois Safety and Justice PAC backing Foxx, a contribution matched by the Washington, D.C.-based Civic Participation Action Fund, which bills itself as a group that aims to "promote racial equality, expand civic engagement and increase economic opportunity for low income communities and communities of color throughout the United States."
The second fact is Arthur Loevy, from Loevy and Loevy, one of the most powerful wrongful conviction law firms in the state, contributed to Foxx’s campaign.
Imagine the growing political and legal power against the police with prosecutors like Foxx and Sussman who ignore powerful evidence that could curb the anti-police movement in the city and who allow these groups to proceed with claims that would free convicted criminals like Solache and DeLeon-Reyes.
Their supporters file lawsuits claiming police misconduct. They get settlements. Some of that money is used to bolster the campaigns of politicians like Foxx and to support judges who agree with them. They file more lawsuits, settle for more money. And so it goes.
In the crusade to free convicted felons by claiming police misconduct, Sussman’s refusal to take into account evidence of wrongdoing is a dire sign for Chicago—a sign that the media ignores, but one that is altogether crucial to Watch.