Mark Clements was 16-years-old when he was tortured into confessing to crimes he did not commit by police officers under the command of Jon Burge. He spent 27 years in prison for arson and murder--and was released last August after the circumstances surrounding his "confession" came to light.
Today, after a jury found former Chicago police lieutenant Burge guilty of federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges for lying about torture, Clements was understandably emotional.
Speaking to reporters following the verdict at the Dirksen Federal Building, Clements said that his life was stolen from him--he missed his daughter's childhood and spent so many years in jail for crimes he did not commit. He also added, "I do not feel sorry for Jon Burge."
WATCH the emotional reaction here:
Torture victim attorney Flint Taylor also spoke to reporters following the verdict, explaining that more torture cases will be heard--and offenders will be punished: