State attorney Kim Foxx gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges

first_imgFrank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has received death threats since her office’s decision to drop charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.Her office did not offer specific details about the threats, but it said they included “racially charged language,” according to a statement Monday.“We can confirm that the State’s Attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number of which have contained racially charged language,” the office told ABC Chicago station WLS on Monday.The announcement comes less than a week after the office released more than 3,800 pages worth of emails and text messages, including some where Foxx referred to the 36-year-old Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops.”Foxx made the comment to her top deputy, Joseph Magats, after she recused herself from the case.Smollett was indicted on 16 counts after allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked in a hate crime.“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A,” Foxx texted Magats, according to documents released last week.She also compared the case against Smollett to her office’s sexual abuse case against embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, to whom she referred as a “pedophile.”“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally,” Foxx wrote. “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should. … it’s not who we want to be.”The office eventually dropped the case against Smollett, saying it instead would focus resources on violent crimes. The move sparked backlash from the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called the decision “a whitewash of justice.”City officials sued the actor for $130,000 in the wake of the dropped charges, seeking reimbursement for funds spent investigating what they called bogus hate crime allegations.The lawsuit laid out a detailed account of the allegations against Smollett, who told police he was attacked Jan. 29 by two men who shouted homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid on him. The timeline includes a 41-point, blow-by-blow description, from when Smollett first met the Ola and Abel Osundario — the brothers who say Smollett paid them to help stage the attack — in the fall of 2017 until the final allegation that Smollett continued to be in contact with the brothers days after the purported attack.A lawyer for Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox’s “Empire,” said the actor “vehemently denies” accusations of making false statements to police and “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Brom secure Premier League promotion

first_imgRelatedPosts Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years West Bromwich Albion won promotion back to the Premier League after a two-year absence, joining Leeds United in the top flight next season after a 2-2 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers on a drama-filled final day of the Championship season.The point for Slaven Bilic’s side was enough to ensure second-place in England’s second tier after rivals Brentford blew their chance by losing 2-1 at home to lowly Barnsley. A win for Brentford would have sent them into the top division for the first time since 1947.Brentford will go into the playoffs along with Fulham and Cardiff City but Nottingham Forest missed out on goal difference with Swansea City grabbing the last slot in astonishing fashion.Forest were well placed to head into the playoffs but suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Stoke City while Swansea won 4-1 at Reading to pip Forest by a single goal in goal difference.At the bottom, Hull City and Charlton are relegated along with Wigan Athletic.Wigan have had a 12-point penalty imposed on them after going into administration although they can appeal that decision. Barnsley’s victory at Brentford secured survival for the Yorkshire club.Leeds had won the Championship title and secured their return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.Tags: Leeds UnitedQueen’s Park RangersSlaven BilicWest BromWest Bromwich Albionlast_img read more

Alicia Hansen, Lailoni Mayfield homer in 5-4 loss to Georgia Tech

first_img Comments Two days before Syracuse played Georgia Tech, Syracuse head coach Shannon Doepking was discontent with the Orange’s ability to score runs. SU had only scored a pair of runs in its prior two Atlantic Coast Conference games. “We’re not scoring a ton of runs right now,” Doepking said, “I hope that will change in the future.”Today, SU (20-26, 8-11 ACC) totaled four runs against Georgia Tech (28-23, 9-10), but fell short, 5-4. In the fifth inning, senior Hannah Dossett doubled home two runs to tie the score. Yet, that proved meaningless when Georgia Tech sophomore Skye Webb singled home the winning run.SU sophomore Lailoni Mayfield fired a solo home run in the second, but Georgia Tech answered later that inning. The Yellow Jackets scored three runs with two outs, taking a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish until the Dossett double.Syracuse struck back in the third inning when senior Alicia Hansen homered for the second time this season. But later that inning, Syracuse junior Alexa Romero allowed another run when Georgia Tech sophomore Tricia Awald knocked a home run of her own. Romero, who had a 2.96 ERA entering the day, allowed five earned runs in 6.2 innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe fifth Yellow Jacket run came in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Romero had an opportunity to send it to extra innings, but Webb’s walk-off single ended the game.Syracuse and Georgia Tech will play again on April 27 at 1 p.m. Published on April 26, 2019 at 8:46 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more