At Issue: Pat O'Brien Seeks To Unseat State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Wants More 'Criminals' Prosecuted Instead Of Out On Bond

Craig Dellimore
July 18, 2020 - 3:03 pm
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Republican candidate for Cook County State's Attorney says he wants more suspects off the streets instead of out on bail as they are under the Democratic incumbent Kim Foxx.
Unlike Foxx, Republican challenger Pat O’Brien does not want to eventually eliminate cash bonds. And he doesn’t think as many people should be free on bond as Foxx is comfortable with.
She said too many people are jailed while awaiting trial just because they lack financial means to afford bail. O’Brien insists too many people who were caught carrying guns go free.
He said Foxx has "nullified laws" during her time in office.
"I am in favor of prosecuting violent crimes and violent criminals to the penitentiary to separate them from the law-abiding citizens," O'Brien said. "But I am also in favor of prosecuting crimes at a lower level but not to put those persons necessarily in prison because we have a deferred prosecution system, which [was> set up long before Kim Foxx came into office." 
Former Judge O’Brien sides with suburban police chiefs and others who were angered when Foxx announced that her office would not prosecute shoplifting as a felony unless the stolen items were worth more than a thousand dollars. The threshold, which now is set at $1,000, was around $300 before her. 
Foxx has prosecutors resources are needed more for violent crimes.
But O’Brien said why choose — he thinks prosecutors should do both.
Republican candidate for States Attorney Pat O’Brien is the guest on our At Issue program this weekend and you can hear more of his thoughts on Foxx, his campaign platform and more Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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