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Daily Bulletin: How ‘Operation Legend’ is Changing Chicago Courts

Thursday, August 06, 2020
The Trace

WHAT TO KNOW TODAY

More gun cases, confusion as feds get hands on in Chicago. In late July, as part of Operation Legend, the Trump administration sent 100 federal agents to Chicago to “fight violent crime.” The Chicago Tribune brings us an inside look at how things are playing out. Notably, federal prosecutors are taking on more gun cases — not the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, which brings most firearms-related charges in Chicago. Internal communications show that the shift has sown some confusion. As the state’s attorney’s office prepared for the start of Operation Legend, a high-ranking prosecutor announced in an email that federal agents would get the right of first refusal on all new gun cases, sidestepping the office altogether. The plan was later scrapped. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has said of the federal effort: “We will take help, but with skepticism and only where it is appropriate.”



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