Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has fired a county prosecutor who allegedly provided untruthful testimony in a case involving a man accused of shooting and wounding a Chicago police officer.
Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Lattanzio has been fired over his testimony given last month in connection to the case.
The mother of Paris Sadler, who is accused of shooting Chicago police officer Del Pearson, had taken a secret video and audio recording of her being interviewed by prosecutors back in 2012 that just recently came to light in the case.
Cureton said that corrections were made to her statement when she was interviewed by prosecutors. But Lattanzio testified that he took just a single statement from the mother and that no corrections were made to the statement.
At a press conference announcing Lattanzio's firing, Alvarez said she has called on the office of the Illinois Attorney General to look into the potential prosecution of Lattanzio, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Alvarez said she was "appalled, livid and outraged" by Lattanzio's behavior.
"This is a line that will not be crossed," she stressed.
Kim Foxx, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's ex-chief of staff, is challenging Alvarez in the race for Cook County State's Attorney. Foxx, a former Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County, issued these remarks in response to today's news of the firing:
This incident is reflective of a larger culture of ineptitude and inappropriate conduct under the State's Attorney's leadership, and it will further contribute to the loss of public trust in the justice system as a whole.
Under Ms. Alvarez's failed leadership, we have seen a track record emerge of botched prosecutions, wrongful convictions and misleading statements, and today's story is just one more to add to that list.
The State's Attorney has failed the officer who was wounded. She has failed his family. And she has failed all of us who value a system that is fair and accountable.