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Despite Murder Of Police Officer, Foxx Gives Member Of Same Gang A Big Break

Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau at it again…

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx could not be seen at the trial of Spanish Cobra gang member Alexander Villa, convicted last week for the 2011 first-degree murder of Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis. 

Lewis was working an off-duty security job when Villa and Tyrone Clay entered the convenience store and shot Lewis, who fired back but missed. Villa was carrying a TEC-9 gun. Lewis, who announced his office, was working extra jobs to save money for his upcoming wedding. 

For whatever reason, Foxx did not show up for the trial, even though the prosecutors in the case did a fantastic job in investigating and trying it. Foxx, however, did find the time and resources to aid Ricardo Rodriguez and the law firm representing him, Loevy & Loevy. 

Rodriguez’s conviction for the 1995 murder of a homeless man was dropped last year after Loevy & Loevy attorneys claimed he had been framed by a retired Chicago Police detective, Reynaldo Guevara. Foxx has essentially opened up the prison doors for any claim against Guevara, despite the fact that Foxx’s predecessor, Anita Alvarez, bolstered Guevara convictions and rejected the innocence claims of convicted offenders like Rodriquez. 

But Foxx didn’t just cut Rodriguez loose from prison. The prosecutor who couldn’t show up for a police murder case and who couldn’t be seen at the funerals last year of officers who died on the job, went even further on behalf of Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is not a citizen of the United States. Since his release last year from prison, Rodriguez is being held by federal immigration authorities and faces deportation because of several felony convictions. Last month, prosecutors under Foxx marched into criminal court and arbitrarily dropped two felony drug convictions from twenty years ago against Rodriguez, paving the way for him to remain in the country. 

And here’s an incredible rub. Rodriguez is a prominent Spanish Cobra gang member, meaning that at the very time the trials of three Spanish Cobras for the murder of a Chicago Police officer are underway, the top prosecutor seems to be working behind the scenes to free another Spanish Cobra from custody by dropping convictions from twenty years ago.

Why is Foxx doing this? Why would she make decisions that could allow a Spanish Cobra to remain in the city when it is painfully clear that Spanish Cobras hold life, particularly the lives of police officers, in such little regard? Why would she vacate old convictions against a gang member anyway? How is that the function of a prosecutor? 

But it gets worse. Attorneys for the law firm representing Rodriguez made contributions to Foxx’s election campaign. So after Foxx gets elected, she starts releasing inmates, including Rodriguez, at the behest of a law firm and their allies representing these law firms who contributed to her election? Then she vacates convictions against them? 

So outrageous and suspicious is the conduct of Foxx, the Fraternal Order of Police recently sent a letter to the newly appointed US Attorney General William Barr asking for an investigation of Foxx’s actions in the Rodriguez case:

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. . . .

How does Foxx get away with this without any media scrutiny? Well, that brings us back to one figure who haunted the trial, Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau, Medill School graduate who earned accolades from Tribune columnist Eric Zorn when she was hired by the paper. 

Crepeau covered the decision by Foxx to vacate the convictions against Guevara, right? No, not a word. And when the FOP sent a letter to the DOJ asking for an investigation, she covered that, right? No, not a word. 

It will never happen. Crepeau and her Tribune have proven themselves to be shameless advocates of Foxx’s war on the police, so much so that Foxx can feel secure she will get little, if any, coverage for her actions on behalf of Rodriguez. Foxx can rest assured that the irony of a prosecutor going to such lengths to free a Spanish Cobra at the very time Spanish Cobras were on trial for murdering a police officer would never find its way into Crepeau’s sterile, utterly uncompelling, and imperceptive coverage of the Villa trial. 

There was something profane in the image of Crepeau creepily banging away on her laptop at the back of the courtroom, something sacrilegious in Foxx’s actions on behalf of Rodriguez, so many crucial players failing in their duty in the very trial over an officer who gave his life doing his.