CHICAGO — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was in court Thursday to make new requests regarding the Jussie Smollett case.
Foxx requested that a judge unseal documents in the case so that the Cook County Office of Independent Inspector General can review them. It’s a move many people have been waiting for, but it doesn’t look like the public will have access to those documents.
Foxx’s request would allow the OIIG to conduct its investigation into how the case was handled, and whether the state’s attorney’s office did anything improper.
The judge said this isn’t an emergency, so he’ll rule on it May 23.
That is also when he’ll rule on the media’s emergency motion to unseal the documents. Arguments will take place May 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s legal team had no objections to this motion.
Another hearing is scheduled for Friday, when a judge is expected to decide whether to recuse himself from deciding whether to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the case due to his own potential conflict of interest.
It has been six weeks since prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett, and the records were immediately sealed. The actor was facing 16 counts of disorderly conduct for the alleged hoax hate crime attack.