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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Torture Survivor's Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Over the past 40 years, state and federal courts as well as prosecutors have very seldom been open to providing fair justice to the African-American survivors of Burge-related police torture.

Jon Burge Pension Scandal Continues to Simmer

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 04.13.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Burge has been said to have friends in high places. In an era where the Illinois Supreme Court and the legislature are potentially scaling back the hard-earned pensions of law-abiding public workers and their families, it will be telling to see, once again, just how high Burge's clout reaches in this scandal-within-a-scandal.

'Sorry' Not Good Enough for Chicago Torture Survivors

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

For years, the anti-torture movement had called for an apology from the city as part of a comprehensive set of remedies. And, they said, Emanuel's seemingly impromptu "sorry" was nowhere near sufficient.

Prosecutors Won't Retry Wrongfully Convicted Man's Rape Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man released from prison after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a rape he says he didn't commit smiled and hugge...

Wrongfully Convicted Man Released From Prison After 30 Years

AP | DON BABWIN and M. SPENCER GREEN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — During his more than 30 years behind bars, Stanley Wrice insisted he was innocent, that Chicago police had beat him until he co...

Unholy Alliance Seeks to Dismantle Illinois Torture Commission

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 12.16.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

In 2009, in the wake of the indictment of notorious Chicago police torture ringleader Jon Burge, the Illinois Legislature passed the Illinois Torture ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Can Chicago's 'Code Of Silence' Be Cracked?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.20.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Decades have passed since Chicago police commander Jon Burge was fired, but the stain of hundreds of allegations of police torture and grow...

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Rahm Apologizes For Police Torture, Says It's Time To 'Move On'

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology on Wednesday after the City Council appro...

Did Political Clout Subvert Justice in Wrongful Conviction Case?

David Protess | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

After spending most of his 59 years behind bars for a crime he almost certainly did not commit, Stanley Wrice could finally taste freedom. Everything was going his way -- or so it seemed.

Police Torture Victim Beats City Hall But Cuffed by Suburban Cops

David Protess | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine had millions of reasons to smile, so why the glum expression when we met at our favorite eatery on July 25? The previous day, the Chicago City Council had approved a $10 million settlement of his lawsuit against Comdr. Jon Burge and the cops who tortured him into falsely confessing to a double murder in 1986.

Daley Subpoenaed in Police Torture Scandal -- Will He Finally Testify?

David Protess | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Forcing the powers-that-be to tell is the truth is an effective way to further blot the stain of the Burge era. That won't happen if Daley continues to play dodgeball. But, from what it appears at this point, that game is nearly over.

'Above All, I Am An Innocent Man'

David Protess | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Serrano says that freedom became an option not long after he was granted a hearing in 2007 on the new evidence of his innocence -- affidavits by the jailhouse snitch and the widow recanting their testimony.

Tables Turned at Wrongful Conviction Hearing

David Protess | Posted 08.18.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The anticipation was palpable on Monday as Judge Maura Slattery Boyle ascended to the bench. Two prisoners had waited 20 years for this moment: a showdown with the Chicago cop they claimed had framed them, and the jailhouse snitch he had allegedly recruited for the job.

A Tale of Two Snitches

David Protess | Posted 08.10.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

For two decades, Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez have professed their innocence. Surprisingly, their fight for freedom has been bolstered by their former accusers.

Wrongful Conviction Hearing a Revelation

David Protess | Posted 07.20.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Truth be told, slurs are common around the water cooler, reflecting a dehumanizing view of criminal defendants that comes from years of locking them up, one person of color at a time.

Embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Weighs in on New Orleans Police Monitor

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

During a week in which Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's disapproval rate on two racially charged local issues skyrocketed, he found time to write a glowing letter to Federal District Judge Susie Morgan.

Police Scandal Eludes Media Radar

David Protess | Posted 07.14.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

A 20-year fight for freedom by two Northwest Side Chicago men will culminate tomorrow in a hearing on allegations they were railroaded.

Cook County State's Attorneys' Office Disqualified (Again) From Burge Torture Cases

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Hopefully, Judge Biebel will swiftly appoint a special prosecutor not beholden to these extremely powerful Cook County politicians, who will agree that these long-suffering men are at long last entitled to a fair hearing.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction for Lying About "Horrific" Torture

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 06.04.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

On April 1, 2013, a three judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the perjury and obstruction of justice conviction of notorious former Chicago police commander Jon Burge.

Appeals Court Upholds Burge Conviction For Lying About Torture

Posted 04.01.2013 | Chicago

A federal appellate court unanimously ruled to uphold the 2010 perjury conviction of Jon Burge, maintaining its view that the disgraced former Chicago...

Costs Spiral in Police Torture Scandal

David Protess | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

Eric Caine was wary of man's best friend, but he took a job as a dog-walker because he needed the money. Besides, work was hard to come by for a 45-year-old just released from prison after 25 years -- even though he hadn't committed the crime.

City's Police Misconduct Settlement Payouts Surge

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.15.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- With three new settlements this week and more lawsuits pending, Chicago's price tag for legal claims against its police force is climbing a...

After Three Decades Behind Bars, Police Torture Victim Wins Day in Court

David Protess | Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

When the criminal justice system gets you in its grip, it does not let go easily. The screws can tighten harder for the innocent, as law enforcement loathes admitting its mistakes. Take the case of Stanley Wrice.

City OKs Budget-Busting $33 Million For Police Abuse Settlements

Posted 01.15.2013 | Chicago

Updated story A pair of grave errors by the Chicago Police Department cost one woman her safety and normal cognitive function, while the other cost...