Special Prosecutor #2 for SAO

The appointment of a second special prosecutor to look in to the actions of members of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) demonstrates the problems within the SAO but also the great bias within the the Cook County Courts. Kim Foxx, who ran as a progressive and is implementing some progressive reforms, seems to garner very critical attention for actions that are far less egregious then her predecessors were caught doing.

The special prosecutor appointed in the Jessi Smollett case is pure politics and when compared to the Vanecko case the actions are incredibly minor. The the Vanecko case a nephew of Mayor Richard Daley almost got away with murdering someone and it wasn’t until the courts appointed an independent prosecutor that Vanecko was charged. To the last day in the case former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez turn down charging Vanecko and said there was no corruption in the case despite the Sun-Times printing multiple front page stories documenting the corruption within the Chicago Police Department and the SAO. No special prosecutor was ever appointed to investigate the actions of the SAO in that incredibly important case.

This latest special prosecutor is indeed needed but honestly it is like 40 plus years overdue. The role of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Jon Burge torture saga still is unexplained. The appointment of the special prosecutor at this point seems a little odd given the decades of malfeasance by the SAO.

Also on our show today:

  • CPD arresting the wrong people
  • 8 people shot
  • Gun violence prevention rally
  • Police refusing to turn over use of force data
  • California Governor displays typical democratic weakness

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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