Kimberly Foxx: Prosecution or Revolution?
Radical Ties Taint Top Prosecutor’s Administration, Bizarre Exonerations
The Fraternal Order of Police and its members have lost faith in Cook County’s top prosecutor, Kimberly Foxx, contending that she has transformed her office into an agency that advocates on behalf of offenders rather than prosecuting them.
The FOP’s loss of faith is illuminated in the recent decision by Foxx’s office to reject felony charges against Matthew Ross, accused of making social media threats against Jason Van Dyke and his family and calling for setting Navy Pier on fire and burning the offices of city aldermen.
Only after the FOP appealed to federal authorities last week was Ross indicted by the Feds in a move that shouldered Foxx, hunkering to the sidelines.
But the full measure of Foxx’s transformation of the prosecutor’s office—an office she won in a bitter election after receiving plentiful campaign donations from Far Left activist billionaire George Soros—may be her bizarre and suspicious ties to certain Chicago law firms specializing in vilifying and suing police officers.
Consider Foxx’s relationship with the People’s Law Office (PLO). Formed in the wake of the 1960s upheavals over the Vietnam War and civil rights, the PLO has a long history of representing groups advocating violent revolution: the Black Panthers, the Weather Underground, and the FALN terrorists, among others.
It’s not just the law firm’s ancient history that should trouble any Cook County prosecutor. In 2017 the PLO, headed by attorney Joey Mogul, lost a federal lawsuit against several Chicago detectives that should have set off alarms for Foxx. A jury awarded no damages to Nicole Harris, who claimed that a collection of Chicago detectives conspired to frame her for the murder of her own child. Harris was released from prison, granted a certificate of innocence, incredibly, and filed her lawsuit in federal court, seeking millions.
What made the jury verdict so ominous was the fact that attorneys representing detectives didn’t merely argue they did nothing wrong. They argued that Harris was in fact guilty of the murder. And they won on all charges leveled against them. It wasn’t the first time lawyers specializing in making claims of wrongful conviction based on police misconduct were defeated at trial.
So many questions went unasked. Why was Harris free, then? Why had she been granted a certificate of innocence? Why didn’t the verdict in the case compel Foxx’s office to review other police misconduct claims, to consider whether a child murderer may have been released?
On the contrary, in the months after the verdict, the relationship between Foxx’s administration and PLO attorney Joey Mogul seemed to solidify. A sign of this came when several Chicago Police officers who had been victims of felonies found out that those felony charges had been reduced to misdemeanors by Foxx prosecutors.
The attorney representing the defendants in some of these cases?
Joey Mogul from the People’s Law Office.
That’s right, the same attorney whose accusations that detectives framed a woman for the murder of her own child was completely destroyed in federal court was getting Foxx’s administration to lower felony charges to misdemeanors when police were the victims.
One case involved an officer who was bitten by an activist during a public demonstration, forcing the officer to take medications for possible HIV exposure.
Mogul got a sweet deal for the alleged biting offender—a man named Lee Dewey. Here is Mogul bragging about the deal on the PLO website, including the fact that community groups sent a letter on behalf of Dewey and that Foxx allowed Dewey to use his organizing to count for community service:
After receiving this letter, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all criminal charges against Lee. In exchange, Lee pleaded guilty to violating the Chicago municipal ordinance regarding public assembly (a non-criminal offense). As part of the resolution, Lee was required to pay a $200 fine and do community service. In a remarkable move, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office recognized that the outstanding organizing that Lee has done for years constitutes community service.
But all these signs of a suspicious relationship between the PLO and Foxx pale in comparison to a case taking shape in the federal courts right now. It is the exoneration of two men for the stabbing deaths of a couple and the kidnapping of their two children in 1993.
Contradicting her predecessor, Foxx overturned the murder convictions of Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes for the 1993 murders of Jacinta and Mariano Soto and the kidnapping of their two children. Solache and Reyes, who were in the country illegally when the murders were committed, were released earlier this year on the claim that they were coerced into confessing by a Chicago Police detective who worked the case, Reynaldo Guevara.
What makes the exoneration of these two men, poster boys for the argument that Chicago’s sanctuary city policy is a disaster, is that Foxx admitted her office believed they were guilty.
Why, then, did she release them? And why did she not take pains to make sure they could not remain in the country? What kind of prosecutor releases two convicted killers and admits they were guilty?
But that’s not the end of it. Gabriel Solache has filed a federal lawsuit, just like Nicole Harris did, claiming his civil rights were violated.
And the law firm representing him? Need it even be named?
That’s right, the People’s Law Office.
But it’s compelling to look specifically at the lawyers representing Solache. One is Jan Susler.
Well, remember one of the groups that the PLO represented, the FALN? This group holds some high distinctions when it comes to domestic terrorism. Here’s what TV commentator Michelle Malkin wrote about the FALN:
The 16 members of the FALN (the Spanish acronym for Armed Forces of National Liberation) and Los Macherteros had been convicted in Chicago and Hartford variously of bank robbery, possession of explosives and participating in seditious conspiracy. Overall, the two groups had been linked by the FBI to more than 130 bombings, several armed robberies, six slayings and hundreds of injuries.
Well, Susler actually played a key role in helping members of the group get out of prison during the Clinton administration, despite evidence from the FBI that they were connected to 130 bombings and six slayings.
Here’s what Susler had to say about FALN members in a Tribune article:
Jan Susler takes a deep breath and looks at the reporter long and steady. She’s skeptical. She’s afraid he’ll get it wrong.
“The FALN are really lovely human beings,” says Susler, a lawyer representing the group. “They aren’t the kinds of people that have horns and a tail. They are intelligent, gifted and tolerant.”
It is Susler’s job—along with New York Attorney Michael Deutsch—to make the FALN’s legal case for a presidential pardon. It’s a tough sell, and she knows it. Susler, who practices out of The People’s Law Office near the corner of Division St. and Milwaukee Ave., wrote the 70-page pardon application.
The Tribune didn’t bother asking the family members of the victims of FALN bombings about whether they have horns and tails or the level of their tolerance.
Joe Connor did in an article for the National Review. He lost his father in an FALN bombing:
My father, 33-year-old Frank Connor, and three other innocent men were murdered, while scores were injured and maimed, on Jan. 24, 1975, when the Marxist Puerto Rican terrorist group Armed Forces for National Liberation (“FALN”) blew up New York’s historic Fraunces Tavernduring a crowded lunchtime. The FALN appointed themselves my father’s judge, jury, and executioner, profiling, targeting, and savagely murdering so-called “reactionary corporate executives.” The Connor family had planned to celebrate my ninth and my brother’s 11th birthday that very night.
How’s that for tolerant?
All of this brings us back to Cook County Prosecutor Kimberly Foxx.
Why does Foxx seem to go so easy on cases in which the offender is represented by the PLO? Why is she willing to exonerate criminals when her predecessor refused? Why is she releasing criminals while at the same time admitting they are likely guilty? And why are these offenders then marching into federal court hoping to get multimillion-dollar settlements or jury awards while they are being represented by law firms like the PLO?
Foxx seems engaged in a massive transformation of the prosecutor’s office.
How massive? Why, it’s almost revolutionary. . . .