Does Federal Case Pose Big Risks to Foxx?
Time for the Mayor to Side with FOP?
A woman currently serving a life sentence for her role in murdering two people and kidnapping their children could play a pivotal role in the political future of Kimberly Foxx.
If Adriana Mejia sticks with her long-held testimony and confession that two men, Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes, were her co-conspirators in the 1998 gruesome stabbing death of Jacinta and Mariano Soto and the kidnapping of their two children from their Bucktown apartment, then Foxx could have some problems.
Here is why.
In one of the most chilling signs of what the police, prosecutors, and the public are facing with Kimberly Foxx as top prosecutor is her decision to let Solache and Reyes out of prison while at the same time admitting they were likely guilty of the heinous crimes.
From the Chicago Tribune:
First Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Sussman said prosecutors still strongly believe Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes are guilty of the 1998 fatal stabbing of a couple in their Bucktown neighborhood home. . . .
Foxx took action on the claim that a detective on the case, Reynaldo Guevara, coerced the men into confessing to the crimes. Solache and Reyes were represented by attorneys who share Foxx’s social justice platform and have pushed a pattern and practice claim against Guevara in a host of cases. Foxx used what the FOP and his attorney claimed was a perjury trap, forcing Guevara to testify. A judge ruled his testimony was false.
But now things have become more problematic. After Foxx let Solache and Reyes out, the Chicago media machine promptly labeled the two men wrongfully convicted, and with that the attorneys for Solache and Reyes marched into federal court and filed the obligatory multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming their clients were innocent.
The City was then faced with the expensive burden of defending the case and the possibility of a huge settlement or verdict. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Foxx circus now in federal court.
Adriana Mejia, the woman who was convicted for the murders along with Solache and Reyes, was still hanging out in prison, her conviction rock-solid. And both sides in the case are keying in on her statements. Court records show that both the plaintiff and defense are reviewing prison records to see who had access to Mejia in prison. It’s as if both sides are suspicious that the other will “get to Mejia” and convince her to stick with one story or another.
Will Mejia reverse her testimony and now claim after all these years that Solache and Reyes were not complicit in the deaths and kidnappings? Will it be believable? Will she stand true to all her previous testimony and still finger them for the crime? If she does, how then were Solache and Reyes “coerced” into confessing to the truth?
And what if she Mejia reverses her testimony and confesses? That in and of itself would be problematic, as new suspicion, spearheaded by the FOP, has been generated on the validity of witness recantations in cases like Mejia’s, so much so that it is just as much a sign of Foxx’s overwhelming bias that she continues to push exonerations based on police misconduct when this evidence remains uninvestigated by her administration.
But what if Mejia sticks to her original statements and confession? What if she maintains Solache and Reyes were her co-conspirators, and what if her testimony is so compelling that it convinces a jury?
What would that mean for Kimberly Foxx’s decision to release them? Well, welcome to the reform circus of Kimberly Foxx.
As it is now, three crucial subplots now permeate the case.
One is the usual suspect in the Solache/Reyes debacle, the Chicago media. Foxx could not get away with such staggeringly ridiculous decisions were it not for the media collusion. As the drama of this case unfolds in the federal courts, a drama crying out for real investigative reporters, the activists posing as journalists throughout the city remain silent, never probing with questions whose answers the public should know. Even as the media pushes the battles between Foxx and the FOP, none will address what Foxx has done with the Guevara cases or ask the questions arising from her decisions.
Another subplot in the case that the media will not discuss is Foxx’s radical associations with third parties. One of the attorneys representing Solache, for example, is Jan Susler from the People’s Law Office (PLO), an attorney with a résumé that includes representing radical groups advocating violence, including members of the FALN terrorist group. That group set bombs off throughout the country during the 1970s. Once again, Chicago’s media machine dared not reveal to the public how Foxx’s restorative justice is embraced by the likes of the PLO, but there it is.
The last subplot concerns ties to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Promising to combat President Trump’s immigration reform policy and preserving Chicago as a sanctuary city, the Solache/Reyes case could cost taxpayers millions. Yet Solache and Reyes were illegal immigrants when they murdered the Sotos. Now the city might end up paying them millions? Doesn’t this lawsuit make a strong case for the kinds of reforms the president is talking about?
Doesn’t it compel Mayor Lightfoot to side with the FOP and demand the same accountability and transparency from the prosecutor’s office as she demands from the police?