CHICAGO (AP) -- One public defender says he was surprised that a Cook County judge today ordered a special state's attorney to prosecute a batch of police torture cases associated with former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge.
Harold Winston is assistant public defender for Cook County, and he represents one of Burge's alleged victims. Winston says no one anticipated the judge would make the decision.
The special state's attorney was ordered after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office requested to be relieved of some of the cases because of budget concerns.
The judge named former Cook County judge and assistant public defender Stuart A. Nudelman to the post.
Burge has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of lying under oath about the torture of African-American suspects.