How long will Burge serve?

January 13, 2011

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Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is scheduled to be sentenced next Thursday.

Some of the cases that convinced then Gov. Ryan to enact a moratorium involved men who accused Chicago police officers of torture. The man at the center of that history is former Police Commander Jon Burge. Burge is scheduled to be sentenced next Thursday for obstruction of justice and perjury.

Estimates of how harsh his sentence will be are all over the place -- as high as 30 years to as low as probation. Attorneys on both sides are readying their final arguments. WBEZ's criminal justice reporter Robert Wildeboer joined "Eight Forty-Eight" to talk to us about the legal strategies in this case.

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