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Jon Burge Torture

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...

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.

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...

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission -- Defunded but Not Forgotten

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Early this year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved the inclusion of $235,000 in this year's state budget for the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Act, but the Illinois Legislature voted instead to eliminate all of the TIRC's funding.

The Torture of Darrell Cannon: A Case That the City of Chicago Cannot Win

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 10.10.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

In 1983, members of Jon Burge's torture crew took murder suspect Darrell Cannon to an isolated area and tortured him. Eventually, Cannon succumbed and falsely confessed. Thus started a 29-year legal odyssey that continues to this day.

Richard M. Daley: A Central Figure in the Chicago Police Torture Scandal

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 10.02.2012 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

These are the disturbing "highlights" of Richard M. Daley's 30 years of involvement in the police torture scandal. At every turn, he refused to use his unparalleled power to stop the torture, end the cover-up, and bring the torturers to justice.

City To Settle 2 More Police Torture Lawsuits For $7.17 Million

AP | Posted 09.22.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A Chicago City Council committee has signed off on settlements in two lawsuits filed by men who allege they were victims of police tor...

67 Wrongful Convictions, Zero Accountability at Chicago Police Department

Locke Bowman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

There are 67 cases in which the Chicago Police collected "evidence" of serious wrongdoing against a person who turned out to be innocent. That's a number to be ashamed of.

State Torture Commission's Funding Slashed, Prompting Shutdown

Posted 06.05.2012 | Chicago

Now that former police Cmdr. Jon Burge is serving time for his involvement in coerced confessions, the state legislature has voted to slash funding to...

Wrongfully Imprisoned 29 Years, Stanley Wrice Wins Second Chance

David Protess | Posted 04.03.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

The justices flatly rejected prosecutors' arguments that Stanley Wrice's conviction should stand even if he had been tortured by two of Jon Burge's cops. The language was a ringing victory for all police torture victims.

City Declared A 'Torture-Free Zone,' But Can It Escape Its Ugly Past?

Posted 01.13.2012 | Chicago

A City Council committee on Thursday approved a resolution declaring Chicago a "torture-free zone," after years of alleged police misconduct gave the ...

Alleged Victim Sues City, Burge Over Police Torture, Wrongful Convict

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

An alleged victim of torture at the hands of former Chicago police head Jon Burge filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against both the city and Burge over...

Is Justice at Hand for Victim of Burge Cops -- Or Was He Tortured "Harmlessly"?

David Protess | Posted 01.15.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Stanley Wrice was wrongfully convicted, and he finds himself at the center of one of the most controversial legal battles of our time. The question that will soon be resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court: Can police torture be legally harmless?

Hypocrisy, Vice-Presidential Style

Andrea Lyon | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

In the process of promoting his book, former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that he supports waterboarding of suspects, just as long as they are ...

Demanding Justice for the Still-Imprisoned Burge Victims

Locke Bowman | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Chicago's political establishment must shudder each time Jon Burge garners another headline. This past week was a bad one for politicians who would like to forget that Burge ever commanded an elite unit of police detectives.

Rahm Emanuel Moving To Settle Burge Torture Lawsuits

Posted 10.16.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes it's time the city closes the book on one of the ugliest and most notorious chapters in its history: the Jon Burge...

Burge Torture Victims Fight For New Hearings In Court

AP | KAREN HAWKINS | Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Fifteen incarcerated men who claim they were sent to prison by confessions that were beaten, burned and tortured out of them by convic...

Chicago Monument Will Honor Victims Of Police Torture

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

Earlier this week, the Better Government Association released a study showing that wrongful convictions in Illinois have cost taxpayers $214 million a...

The Dark Side of the Daley Legacy: Enabler of Torture

Locke Bowman | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

As the clock ticks down on Daley's 22-year tenure as mayor, almost nothing has been said about his lamentable role as an enabler of torture by Chicago police officers under the command of Jon Burge.

Chicago Police Miss the Message about the Cost of Wrongful Convictions

Locke Bowman | Posted 06.12.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Mayor-elect Emanuel has made a point of vowing to make Chicago a cost efficient city. The role of the Chicago Police Department in wrongful convictions is costing the city tens of millions of dollars.

City's Head Still in the Sand on Burge Torture Scandal

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The taxpayers of Chicago shouldn't have to pay lawyers' fees so that Burge can avoid another criminal prosecution.