Kim Foxx's chief ethics officer one of two top deputies to resign from prosecutor's office

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Two of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s top deputies — the office’s chief ethics officer and the head of the Conviction Integrity Unit — have submitted resignations and will be leaving next month.

Former federal prosecutor April Perry, who was brought on as Foxx’s chief ethics officer, was involved in the case involving actor Jussie Smollett, but her departure is unrelated to the firestorm that followed the recent dismissal of charges against Smollett, according to an office spokeswoman.

Foxx has said she consulted with Perry when considering what to do after communicating with a relative of Smollett’s at a time when the actor was being treated as a victim of a hate crime. Smollett later was suspected of staging a hoax attack on himself.

Perry sent a Feb. 13 email notifying staffers that Foxx was “recused” from the case. Foxx has since said she did not recuse herself in the formal legal sense, since that would involve withdrawing her entire office and asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

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