Burge torture victims still behind bars

October 16, 2012

(AP/Steve Nesius)
Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge

Attorneys for police torture victims are pushing a class action lawsuit to get tortured confessions thrown out. It’s the latest move to get justice in the long-running scandal.

The fact that Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured supects is not in question, but despite the many investigations and special prosecutors and commissions and the conviction of Burge himself, dozens of men who gave tortured confessions still remain in prison.

Attorney Joey Mogul with the People’s Law Office has represented numerous Burge victims.  She says local prosecutors have failed to systematically address the cases.

“Honestly it’s embarrassing to be a part of the Cook County judicial system and take no action in light of courts who have done this very type of thing nationwide,” said Mogul.

Mogul is pushing for hearings for men who say they gave tortured confessions, and if the hearings find the confessions were indeed the result of torture then those convictions should be thrown out and the men either freed or retried without the confession.

Eighty-five prominent attorneys, prosecutors and former judges filed an amicus brief in the case, throwing their support behind the push for hearings for all the Burge torture victims.