CHICAGO, April 1 (UPI) -- The trial of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was delayed a fourth time Thursday after his lawyers asked for more time to deal with new allegations.
U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow moved the trial to May 24 from May 10 after Burge's lawyers said federal prosecutors added three new cases involving claims of torture by Burge. He is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in a civil suit on the torture allegations against him.
"These are 20-year-old cases we have to investigate," the Chicago Sun-Times quoted Burge lawyer William Gamboney as saying. "We'll have our hands full."
Burge, who lives in Apollo Beach, Fla., is a decorated U.S. Army veteran and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for allegedly torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 to force confessions.
Burge was fired by the city in 1993 for his part in the case of convicted police killer Andrew Wilson.
Wilson -- arrested Feb. 14, 1982, in the slaying of the two police officers -- had his 1983 conviction for the murders overturned by the state Supreme Court in 1987. The court ruled Wilson had confessed involuntarily after being beaten by police.
The Sun-Times and WMAQ-TV, Chicago, also reported Thursday a grand jury was investigating members of Burge's "Midnight Crew" for possible torture in the 1970s and '80s. The crew was a band of seven or eight officers who got their name because of the hours they worked.