Court date postponed in wrongful conviction suit against Burge

December 3, 2012

The Associated Press and City Room

(WBEZ/Cate Cahan)
Alton Logan spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

The trial stemming from a lawsuit against a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects has been postponed until December 17th.

The a lawsuit was filed by a Chicago man named Alton Logan, who was wrongfully imprisoned 26 years for a murder he did not commit. Logan was released from prison in 2008, after attorneys for a man who had  confessed to the murder years before came forward after that man died.

Logan's lawsuit alleges deprivation of constitutional rights, among other things. It names former police lieutenant Jon Burge, who was convicted in 2010 of lying under oath when he testified in a lawsuit that he'd never witnessed or participated in the torture of suspects.

Burge is serving a federal prison sentence in North Carolina.

When he is called, Burge will appear via videoconferencing and is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment.

Logan's lawsuit alleges that officers Burge oversaw concealed information that would have exonerated him. Logan was declared innocent in 2009.