Burge-related lawsuit against Daley moving forward

March 7, 2012

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A federal judge has set a trial date in the case of a Burge torture victim who is suing former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, among others. The trial date is an indication that settlement negotiations during the last month have broken down between lawyers for the city of Chicago and attorneys for Michael Tillman, a man who says he was tortured by police working under former Commander Jon Burge, tortured until he confessed to a crime he didn't commit.

Tillman is suing the officers, the city and Daley. The judge has ordered Daley to sit for a deposition to answer questions about what he knew about the Burge torture scandal and when. If the case settles then that deposition wouldn't take place but right now the case is moving forward. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer set the trial for February 25th of next year.