WBEZ | Michael Tillman http://www.wbez.org/tags/michael-tillman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City lawyers: Daley to give deposition on torture case http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/city-lawyers-daley-give-deposition-torture-case-98084 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3083_daleypresser_4-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Lawyers for the former Chicago Mayor say Richard M. Daley will testify under oath about what he knew r<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/potential-burge-settlements-would-get-daley-hook-95565">egarding a Chicago Police torture scandal</a>.</p><div>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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two sides are set to meet Thursday to discuss the deposition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>"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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>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.&nbsp;Attorneys for the former mayor would not say when Daley would give testimony.</div><p>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.<br><br>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.</p><p>Burge is now in prison for lying about the torture.</p></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:07:01 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/city-lawyers-daley-give-deposition-torture-case-98084 Judge: Daley can still be sued over alleged police torture http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-still-be-sued-over-alleged-police-torture-93714 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100909_shudzik_1750876_No E_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Former Mayor Richard M. Daley is one step closer to being deposed in connection with alleged torture by Chicago police. On Wednesday a Federal judge ruled for the second time that Daley can be sued over alleged police torture.</p><p>The former mayor was the Cook County state's attorney back in the 1980s. That's when Michael Tillman was arrested for murder. Tillman says police under former commander Jon Burge tortured him into confessing. He says they put a gun to his head, poured soda in his nose and choked him with a plastic bag.</p><p>Last year Tillman was exonerated after two decades in jail, and then sued several people he says were connected to the torture, ranging from individual officers to Daley.</p><p>In July, Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled that Daley can be included in Tillman's lawsuit in his capacity as mayor.</p><p>Daley's lawyers appealed, but Wednesday the judge shot them down again. Tillman's lawyers reportedly hope to question the former mayor as soon as next month.</p></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-still-be-sued-over-alleged-police-torture-93714 Judge: Daley can be named in lawsuit over police torture http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-be-named-lawsuit-over-police-torture-90337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/JonBurge_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A judge has ruled former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley can be named in a lawsuit alleging police torture under former Commander Jon Burge.</p><p>Former Mayor Daley was the Cook County State's Attorney in 1986 when Michael Tillman was arrested for killing Betty Howard. Tillman said police put a gun to his head, poured 7-Up into his nose and suffocated him with a plastic bag until he confessed to the murder.</p><p>In 2010, after spending more than 20 years in prison, Tillman was exonerated and he subsequently sued several people he alleges were involved in the torture, ranging from the individual officers to Daley.</p><p>In a July decision, first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, federal Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled for the first time that Daley can be included in Tillman's lawsuit. She ruled that Daley is immune from lawsuits from his time as State's Attorney. She writes that she's uncertain Tillman "has alleged any extreme or outrageous conduct on the part of Mr. Daley as Mayor." Pallmeyer writes in her decision that she would welcome more court filings on that matter.</p><p>Several other people have also claimed they were tortured by Chicago police officers serving under Jon Burge. Burge is currently in prison for lying about the torture.</p></p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/judge-daley-can-be-named-lawsuit-over-police-torture-90337