Rape conviction overturned after man spends decades in prison

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The conviction of a Chicago man who says he was beaten into a rape confession was overturned Tuesday by a Cook County, Ill., judge.

Chicago mayor apologizes for past police torture

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he is sorry for the police department's use of torture to obtain confessions some 20 years ago.

Chicago police allegedly tortured five who then confessed to killings

CHICAGO, July 26 (UPI) -- The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission said it found credible evidence that police tortured confessions out of five men convicted of murder.

Commission finds 7 credible claims of torture

CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI) -- The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission said it plans to recommend hearings for allegations of torture made against Chicago police officers.

Burge's perjury conviction upheld

CHICAGO, April 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court refused to overturn a perjury conviction against former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, who is serving a 54-month prison sentence.

Chicago to pay $33M to settle police cases

CHICAGO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Chicago will pay $33 million to a mentally ill woman released in a high-crime neighborhood and an innocent man who spent 26 years in prison, officials say.

Judges to hear 5 cases of alleged torture

CHICAGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The cases of five men allegedly tortured by Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge's "midnight crew" of detectives were assigned to judges Tuesday, records show.

Chicago settles with torture victims

CHICAGO, July 23 (UPI) -- Two more Chicago-area men, victims of police torture, will share a $7.17 million settlement after the Chicago City Council agreed to the payments Monday.

Cook County paying $600K in prison torture suit

CHICAGO, May 15 (UPI) -- Cook County, Ill., has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle its portion of a suit filed by a freed prison inmate who alleged he had been tortured by Chicago police.

Ex-Chicago Mayor Daley to give deposition

CHICAGO, April 10 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard C. Daley will give a deposition in a lawsuit alleging he was partly responsible for a wrongful conviction, lawyers said Tuesday.

Judge reaffirms Daley can be sued

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge has reaffirmed her ruling that former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley can be sued over allegations of police torture, attorneys said.
Judge rules former Chicago Mayor Daley can be sued

Judge rules former Chicago Mayor Daley can be sued

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ruled former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley can be sued as a defendant in a police brutality case dating back to the 1980s.

Judge orders release of inmate

CHICAGO, March 17 (UPI) -- Russell Ainsworth says his client's release from an Illinois prison for confessing to a double murder to which someone else admitted is a great day for justice.

Board: Burge can keep pension

CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A former Chicago police official may keep his pension while serving a sentence for lying in a deposition about torturing suspects, pension officials have ruled.

54-month sentence in police torture case

CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A former high-ranking Chicago Police Department official was sentenced Friday to 54 months in prison for lying in a deposition about torturing suspects.
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Jon Graham Burge (born December 20, 1947) is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for allegedly torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991, in order to force confessions. A decorated United States Army veteran, Burge served tours in South Korea and Vietnam and continued as an enlisted United States Army Reserve soldier where he served in the military police. He then returned to the South Side of Chicago and began his career as a police officer. Allegations were made about the methods of Burge and those under his command. Eventually, hundreds of similar reports resulted in a decision by Illinois Governor George Ryan to declare a moratorium on death penalty executions in Illinois in 2000 and to clear the state's death row in 2003.

The most controversial arrests began in February 1982, in the midst of a series of shootings of Chicago law enforcement officials in Police Area 2, whose detective squad Burge commanded. Some of the people who confessed to murder were later granted new trials and a few were acquitted or pardoned. Burge was acquitted of police brutality charges in 1989 after a first trial resulted in a hung jury. He was suspended from the Chicago Police Department in 1991 and fired in 1993 after the Police Department Review Board ruled that he had used torture.

After Burge was fired, there was a groundswell of support to investigate his convictions. In 2002, a special prosecutor began investigating the accusations. The review, which cost $17 million, revealed improprieties that resulted in no action due to the statute of limitations. Several convictions were reversed, remanded, or overturned. All Illinois death-row inmates received reductions in their sentences. Four of Burge's victims were pardoned by then-Governor Ryan and subsequently filed a consolidated suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the City of Chicago, various police officers, Cook County and various State's Attorneys. A $19.8 million settlement was reached in December 2007, with the "city defendants." Cases against Cook County and the other current/former county prosecutors continue as of July 2008. In October 2008, Patrick Fitzgerald had Burge arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury in relation to a civil suit regarding the torture allegations against him. On April 1, 2010, Judge Joan Lefkow postponed the trial, for the fourth time, to May 24, 2010. Burge was convicted on all counts on June 28, 2010 and sentenced to four and one half years in federal prison on January 21, 2011.

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