Prosecutor James Murphy says he has ‘zero confidence’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in resignation letter

Prosecutor James Murphy says he has ‘zero confidence’ Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in resignation letter

CHICAGO (TOC) — A number of current resignations within the Cook dinner County State’s Lawyer’s workplace are elevating questions in regards to the tradition and the reforms which have resulted from Kim Foxx’s management.

Foxx is coping with a public relations downside after shedding three senior prosecutors together with two in simply the final week.

Jim Murphy, a 25-year veteran who was usually the general public face of the workplace in main felony instances, left July 29.

“I can not work for this Administration. I’ve zero confidence of their management,” Murphy wrote in an e mail to colleagues. “This Administration is extra involved with political narratives and agenda than with victims and prosecuting violent crime. That’s the reason I can not keep any longer.”

Cook dinner County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a Foxx ally, defended defending her.

“I do not know Jim Murphy personally and I strongly disagree together with his contentions in regards to the state’s lawyer’s workplace,” she mentioned.

Preckwinkle mentioned Murphy was taking his departing pictures.

“It is ironic that the gentleman that you simply referred to, Mr. Murphy, is accusing the state’s lawyer of being political as a result of the feedback that he made sound fairly political to me,” Preckwinkle mentioned.

“There’s been a change in coverage and route beneath Kim Foxx, she’s been pushing way more for felony justice reforms. So there could also be some unhappiness with that,” mentioned Laura Washington, ABC7 political analyst.

Foxx’s workplace issued an announcement saying partly, “We acknowledge the trials of this tough work and the toll that it bears, but over 11-hundred workers present up daily to work on the entrance traces and behind the scenes in a testomony of the resiliency and spirit of this workplace.”

Foxx’s assertion talked about efforts to recruit extra prosecutors, but it surely didn’t point out of Murphy nor did it handle nearly all of the criticisms he raised.

“She does not need to acknowledge that there is any issues along with her administration or the way in which she runs her workplace or along with her coverage choices,” Washington mentioned.

Murphy alongside together with his two colleagues, Natosha Toller and Ted Lagerwall, who additionally left the state’s lawyer’s workplace declined requests for interviews.

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