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Jon Burge Won't Testify At Cortez Brown Trial: Judge

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge won't testify at a hearing for an inmate who wants a new trial and claims he was tortured into confessing murder by Burge's police unit.

A Florida judge refused to issue a subpoena Tuesday requiring Burge, who lives in Florida, to testify at Cortez Brown's evidentiary hearing Monday.

That's according to Brown's attorney Locke Bowman.

A Hillsborough County judge says it's unnecessary for Burge to travel to Chicago and plead the Fifth Amendment.

Last month, a Cook County judge said Burge's testimony is needed and requested the subpoena.

Brown claims he's innocent of two 1990 murders for which he was convicted.

Burge allegedly lied under oath about torture in a civil lawsuit.


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