CHICAGO
01/25/2011 11:54 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Who Polices The Police? John Conroy Reflects On The Jon Burge Trial

U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow began her sentencing of former Chicago police commander Jon Burge last Friday by asking the commander to stand directly in front of her. From a distance of about ten feet, the slightly-built judge faced the massive commander, whose attorney had just praised him as "a man's man," so tough that even at 63 and in ill health he'd be a formidable foe in a fight.

Lefkow told Burge she thought he had lied in her witness box, that he had defiled the system of justice, and that he had undermined its administration irreparably.

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