Kim Foxx's Latest Disgrace Greeted with Media Silence

September 28, 2020
Martin Preib

Just thirty-some days out of an election to decide whether Cook County residents will be saddled with another four years of perhaps the most corrupt prosecutor in the country, a man whose murder conviction was vacated in 2018 by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was arrested for a home invasion.

Don’t look for Chicago’s media machine to dig into this scandal, far more illuminating than Foxx’s apparent misconduct in the Jussie Smollett case. The media in Chicago act more like Foxx’s personal public relations firm rather than an investigative entity seeking to inform the public. It is the media’s supportive relationship of Foxx that explains why such a deceitful, agenda-driven prosecutor, who clearly detests the law she is sworn to uphold, could possibly win re-election.

One of the most vocal apologists for Foxx and her anti-police platform is Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, who last week wrote a fluff, nonsense piece defending Foxx in connection with a quadruple murder case. In his article, Zorn quoted his longtime ally Rob Warden, a former law professor at Northwestern University.

Praising Rob Warden for his views on Foxx, Zorn wrote:

"Veteran journalist Rob Warden, co-founder of Injustice Watch and former head of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, said Foxx 'has been light years ahead of her predecessors in addressing wrongful convictions and protecting the rights of the accused.'"

It makes perfect sense that both Warden and Zorn would rush to the defense of Foxx. Her election was a gift from heaven for the two, both of whom have built their careers on claiming wrongful convictions, often the result, they allege, of police misconduct. The wrongful conviction campaign is in many ways the most powerful arm of the anti-police movement, certainly in its power to line the pockets of attorneys representing so-called “wrongfully convicted” men at the same time as destroying the careers and reputations of detectives who worked to convict them.

Zorn’s pathetic attempts to re-cast Foxx's image in the public eye were undermined at almost the same moment his column was published. The same day Zorn's piece appeared in the pages of the Tribune, a story emerged from a reliable news outlet in Chicago, CWB, about a bond hearing for Ricardo Rodriguez, a Spanish Cobra gang member and defendant in a bizarre recent home invasion.

Rodriguez’s home invasion is intimately tied to Kimberly Foxx. Indeed, one could almost say that this home invasion has her fingerprints all over it. One could also say that this home invasion and the circumstances leading up to it serve as an illuminating allegory for the entire dismal three-plus years Foxx has been transforming Chicago into a criminal’s paradise and imposing chaos in many major American cities with activist, radical prosecutors like Foxx.

According to prosecutors, Rodriguez and his co-defendants went on a mission to rob a drug dealer. With Rodriguez dressed as a police officer, they arrived at the home of the drug dealer, where they were met by the drug dealer’s father.

As stated by the Sun-Times:

"Once inside, the masked man [allegedly Rodriguez] put a gun to the homeowner’s chest and then tied him to a chair with a shirt."
"Inside the home, the defendants searched for the homeowner’s son, who wasn’t there, and demanded the son pay them $1 million or a similar amount in drugs, prosecutors said."
"When they couldn’t locate the homeowner’s son, the group took the man’s wife hostage, who said she was placed in one of the group’s cars and blindfolded. She was then taken to a home where the blindfold was removed, allowing her to see members of the group, who she later identified as Ricardo, Theresa and Christina Rodriguez, prosecutors said."

So how is Rodriguez, who allegedly posed as a cop, pointed a gun at a father, then kidnapped the man’s wife, connected to Foxx? Well, the whole reason Rodriguez was walking the streets of Chicago a free man was twofold, both the result of Foxx’s running of the prosecutor’s office.

The first reason was articulated by Rodriguez himself at his bond hearing when the judge demanded a $700,000 bond. Looking at Rodriguez’s criminal history, the judge, according to CWB, noted Rodriguez had once been convicted of murder:

"It was vacated,” Rodriguez insisted. “I was wrongly convicted."

It most certainly was. It was vacated by Kimberly Foxx. Rodriguez’s murder conviction was vacated because a retired detective, Reynaldo Guevara, worked on his case. Guevara is in the crosshairs of the media, Foxx, and the rest of the wrongful conviction industry, all of whom have asserted a pattern and practice of coerced confessions against Guevara. Nonetheless, many people clearly aren’t buying the claims of corruption against Guevara. One of them was Foxx’s predecessor, Anita Alvarez, who rejected the Guevara corruption claims and fought to keep offenders arrested by Guevara in prison.

As a sign of just what a bounty Foxx has been to this powerful arm of the anti-police movement, Foxx reversed the policy of Alvarez shortly after Foxx took office, an early and frightful sign that Foxx was in the back pocket of the wrongful conviction movement, i.e., the anti-police movement. Sure enough, one of the cases Foxx tossed was Rodriguez’s 1995 conviction for the murder of a homeless man.

Without Foxx’s intervention, Rodriguez may never have gotten out of prison. However, for Rodriguez, there is much more to the story than just having his conviction tossed.

Even though his conviction was vacated by Foxx and he was freed from state prison, Rodriguez, again, a Spanish Cobra, is not a citizen of the United States. So after his conviction was vacated, federal immigration officials rushed in and took him into custody. A battle raged between the federal authorities and Rodriguez’s supporters on whether he should remain in the country.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Hours after his release from prison, the Department of Corrections confirmed Rodriguez had been detained by the Department of Homeland Security. Later in the day, Rodriguez was able to call his family to say he’d been taken to an ICE facility in Kankakee."

Was the fact that ICE authorities took Rodriguez into custody a sign that they, like former top prosecutor Anita Alvarez, weren’t buying his innocence claims? Was it a sign that federal authorities still believed Rodriguez was a threat to public safety?

How, then, did Rodriguez win the battle to stay in Chicago only to be re-arrested for home invasion and kidnapping a woman in a plot in which he and his crew could allegedly get $1 million in cash or drugs?

Why, Kimberly Foxx, of course.

The legal basis for federal authorities to kick Rodriguez out of the country was based in large part on the fact that Rodriguez has a gang history and two felony drug convictions on his record. With his gang affiliation and drug crimes on his record, ICE could make the argument that he should not remain in the U.S.

In one of the greatest examples of how Foxx poses a danger to justice, prosecutors working under her marched into court and vacated two twenty-year-old felony drug convictions against Rodriguez. And just like that, a career Spanish Cobra gang member goes from a murder conviction to running wild in the streets again, avoiding federal authorities’ attempts to rid him from the country.

Naturally, there is more to the story. Both attorneys and law firms representing Rodriguez have argued that he was wrongly convicted also supported the election campaign of Foxx. Those attorneys now have a federal lawsuit against the detectives working the Rodriguez case, no doubt seeking a multimillion-dollar settlements or verdict against them. Then Rodriguez could join a host of other once-convicted murders now living the life of a multimillionaire.

So outrageous and suspicious was the conduct of Foxx in vacating Rodriguez’s conviction and then tossing two other convictions that would have helped federal authorities finally remove him from the U.S., the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) sent a letter to the newly appointed U.S. 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."

With the arrest for home invasion and kidnapping, the media is going to review the Rodriguez saga and Foxx’s role in it, right? Eric Zorn, that crusader for social justice, is going to work on a powerful column demanding answers from Foxx, right? Rob Warden’s Injustice Watch is going to do an in-depth report, right? Tribune reporters Gregory Pratt and Megan Crepeau, who constantly claim they provide important community-based journalism in their quest to obtain a contract for their newly formed union at the Tribune, will be all over it, right?

Forget about it.

That Foxx gets away with so many abuses in Chicago is because Chicago’s media abandon objectivity long ago. Chicago’s journalists, like Foxx, are players in the anti-police movement that is destroying the city.

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