Prosecutor won't comment until review of Smollett case done

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The Cook County state's attorney says she won't comment further on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago while another deputy from Kim Foxx's office announced she was stepping down as a county inspector general finishes his review of prosecutors' decision to drop charges against the Empire actor.

Kim Foxx said in a written statement Friday that she doesn't want any comments by her to interfere with the inspector general's work compiling 'reliable and accurate records' on the matter.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others criticized the decision by Foxx's office last month to drop charges accusing Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself in January.

Foxx has publicly defended the dismissal of charges.

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But she said Friday she would engage in 'a candid conversation' about the case only after the inspector general submits his findings.

Foxx requested the review.

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Meanwhile, a third deputy from Foxx’s office is either out of the job or on their way out.

Kiera Ellis, who held the position of director of external affairs, abruptly left her position, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed to on Friday.

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There was no word as to whether Ellis was fired or she resigned.

Ellis first joined the office in October. She was reportedly on the job as recently as Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Her departure was confirmed a day after it was announced that two of Foxx's top deputies are set to leave her office amid growing turmoil over its handling of the Smollett case, including the officer who announced the prosecutor had recused herself.

Chief ethics officer April Perry, who also served as Foxx's chief deputy, and the head of the conviction integrity unit Mark Rotert will leave their posts next month, it has been confirmed.

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Perry was the officer who wrote a memo to the office announcing Foxx had recused herself...
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