City lawyers: Daley to give deposition on torture case

April 10, 2012

Alex Keefe and Lauren Chooljian

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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley

Lawyers for the former Chicago Mayor say Richard M. Daley will testify under oath about what he knew regarding a Chicago Police torture scandal.

Lawyers for Daley and one of the alleged victims of torture under former Commander Jon Burge announced the agreement in federal court Tuesday, after months of Daley lawyers fighting the deposition.
 
The two sides are set to meet Thursday to discuss the deposition.
 
"And we think that we are entitiled to question him on all aspects of the torture scandal from 1982 till the time he left has mayor last year," said Flint Taylor, an attorney for Michael Tillman, who was tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit, then later exonerated.
 
The meeting may address the scope of Daley's deposition and the type of questions he can be asked under oath, according to one of Daley's attorneys. Attorneys for the former mayor would not say when Daley would give testimony.

Daley was Cook County state's attorney in the 1980s before he became mayor, and Tillman's lawyers say they want to find out what he knew about the Burge torture scandal. But they say Daley and his attorneys had not been cooperating prior to Tuesday's announcement. They filed a motion last month to force Daley to answer questions under oath.

A lawyer for the city of Chicago said in court last month that the motion was "disingenuous" and said it seemed like an attempt to use Daley's name to generate publicity.

Burge is now in prison for lying about the torture.