Police Union Asks For Federal Probe of Chicago Prosecutor
Suspicious Connections Between Prosecutor Kimberly Foxx And Law Firms?
Two FOP reps have asked the Attorney General to initiate a review of the recent decision by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx to vacate two felony convictions of a notorious gang leader.
In a letter to newly appointed U.S. Attorney General William Barr, FOP Second Vice President Martin Preib and FOP Legal Defense Co-Chair Bob Bartlett formally asked that the U.S. Department of Justice probe the decision by Foxx to vacate two felony convictions of Spanish Cobra gang member Ricardo Rodriguez.
Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Carol Rogala dropped two twenty-year-old drug convictions against Rodriguez on February 7 at an immigration hearing. Dropping the charges means Rodriguez, who is not a U.S. citizen, may be able to avoid deportation and remain in the country.
Attorneys for Rodriguez, who was released from prison in 2018 on claims that he was framed for a 1995 murder by a retired police detective accused of framing several offenders, have filed a federal lawsuit against the detective over Rodriguez’s alleged “wrongful conviction.”
Those attorneys are from the high-powered law firm of Loevy and Loevy, which supported Foxx financially in her election campaign, a fact that makes the decision to vacate the convictions against Rodriquez particularly suspicious, FOP representatives argued in their letter to Barr:
On February 7, 2019, her office agreed to vacate two felony drug convictions against Spanish Cobra gang member Ricardo Rodriguez, currently being held by immigration authorities. This decision paves the way for Rodriguez—again, a known member of a gang that has been terrorizing Chicago for decades—to remain in the country.
This letter is a formal request for your assistance regarding the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office under Kimberly Foxx, who during her campaign took donations from powerful law firms specializing in lawsuits alleging police misconduct. After being sworn in, Ms. Foxx has established a pattern of releasing hardened criminals who are represented by these same law firms and their allies and who then go on to file multimillion-dollar wrongful conviction lawsuits…
Federal authorities recently took up the case of a man, Matthew Ross, accused of making threats of violence on social media against Chicago Police Officers, their families, and elected officials. Foxx refused felony charges against Ross, but after a complaint from the FOP, federal prosecutors investigated the case and then charged Ross with three felony counts.
The FOP has strongly condemned the decision by Foxx to exonerate many offenders as arbitrary and biased because Foxx’s predecessor, Anita Alvarez, stood by the very same convictions.
To read the entire letter to Attorney General William Barr, please click on image below.