A judge has ordered Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to pay $16,000 in legal fees to the family of a slain taxi driver who sued to get case documents.
Taxi driver Anis Tungekar died in 2018 after he was kicked in the head by an Uber driver during a traffic dispute. The Uber driver left the country before he was charged with murder three months later.
Tungekar’s family believed internal case documents could explain the delay despite a police recommendation that murder charges be filed. The family sued Foxx’s office, alleging the documents were being kept from them in violation of Illinois open records law.
Cook County Judge Neil Cohen sided with the family and ordered most of the documents be released last fall. On Nov. 20, the same judge ordered the state’s attorney’s office to reimburse the family for their legal costs.
Qualified Immunity has limits…and here’s one of them for failing to do her job.