2 top deputies resign from Chicago prosecutor's office

  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, in Chicago. Text messages show Fox, the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State's Attorney released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in response to media requests.

    FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, in Chicago. Text messages show Fox, the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State's Attorney released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in response to media requests. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Text messages show the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in response to media requests.

    FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Text messages show the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in response to media requests. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 4/19/2019 8:59 AM

CHICAGO -- Two top deputies to the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case are resigning.

Documents obtained through open records requests show the resignations will take effect May 3 in the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

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Both deputies say their departures are unrelated to the Smollett case.

Chief Ethics Officer April Perry wrote the memo announcing Foxx had recused herself from the case. Foxx has since said she didn't legally recuse herself but instead stepped back from the case. A Foxx spokeswoman said Perry is taking a job at a technology company.

The director of Foxx's Conviction Integrity Unit, Mark Rotert, is retiring. The division reviews alleged wrongful convictions.

Smollett was charged with lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in January. Charges were dropped last month against the "Empire" actor.

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Check out the AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.

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