WBEZ | Burge http://www.wbez.org/tags/burge Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: June 30, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-june-30-2015-112288 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/kail 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212656774&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">WBEZ Southside bureau reporter Natalie Moore checks in to share the story of how a stabbing in the southwest side neighborhood of Canaryville has prompted a discussion about race and how things have and haven&#39;t changed in the area.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">We talk with two law professors about their roles in deciding who gets a cut of the 5.5 million the city put aside as reparations for victims of police torture in the John Burge case, and if any potential victims are still out there.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">And the soulful sounds of singer/songwriter KaiL Baxley.</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span></p></p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-june-30-2015-112288 Morning Shift: Interviews for Burge reparations underway http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-interviews-burge-reparations-underway-112285 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/burge.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212655719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">We may never know exactly how many people were tortured on the watch of former Chicago Police Department commander Jon Burge and his deputies. But two legal minds have been trying to make an honest accounting of what happened and to whom. Daniel Coyne is a clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law. When Chicago&rsquo;s City Council voted in April to authorize a historic $5.5 million reparations package for Burge victims, Coyne was tapped to figure out who is eligible for compensation. He&rsquo;s already reviewed a couple dozen applications. And David Yellen is the dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Since March 2014, he&rsquo;s been the court-appointed special master in charge of reviewing possible Burge torture victims who are still in prison. We talk to them both.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/faculty/full-time-faculty/daniel-t-coyne">Daniel Coyne</a> is clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><a href="http://www.luc.edu/law/faculty/yellen.shtml">David Yellen</a> is Dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law</p></p> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-06-30/morning-shift-interviews-burge-reparations-underway-112285 Attorneys for Burge police torture victims don't trust Alvarez to be fair http://www.wbez.org/news/attorneys-burge-police-torture-victims-dont-trust-alvarez-be-fair-103846 <p><p>Attorneys for Burge torture victims say Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez has a conflict of interest when it comes to reviewing Burge cases. &nbsp;</p><p>The attorneys filed a class action lawsuit seeking hearings for Burge victims to see if their claims of torture are credible in light of what we now know about the tactics of former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. &nbsp;<br /><br />Attorney Flint Taylor said Alvarez is too close to the scandal to be objective even though most of the police torture took place decades ago.<br /><br />&ldquo;Well, you have to remember that there was a continuing cover-up and refusal to prosecute from the state&rsquo;s attorney&rsquo;s office during the entire tenure of Richard Devine, and during that entire tenure Anita Alvarez was an important figure in that office,&rdquo; said Taylor.<br /><br />Taylor said the court should do what they&rsquo;ve done in previous Burge matters, appoint a special prosecutor to represent the state.<br /><br />Paul Castiglione with the state&rsquo;s attorney&rsquo;s office said they&rsquo;ll look at the allegations that the office has a conflict of interest and file a response with the court by mid-December.</p></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/attorneys-burge-police-torture-victims-dont-trust-alvarez-be-fair-103846 Burge torture case in hands of Illinois Supreme Court http://www.wbez.org/story/burge-torture-case-hands-illinois-supreme-court-92053 <p><p>The case of an alleged torture victim under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is now in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court. It's the first time in over a decade that a Burge related torture case is in front of the state's highest court. Since then, the former lieutenant was convicted of lying about torturing suspects and was sentenced to prison.<br> <br> The state supreme court heard arguments for the Stanley Wrice case Thursday morning--they will now deliberate whether Wrice will receive a hearing on his claim that officers tortured him into confessing to a rape 30 years ago. Wrice has been in prison since the 80s for that crime.<br> <br> Prosecutors for the state of Illinois argue they could convict Wrice even without the alleged coerced confession. Lead attorney Myles O'Rourke called the torture "harmless error" that doesn't affect the outcome of the case. Justices pressed O'Rourke Thursday on what evidence was available, and he acknowledged there are no fingerprints or DNA.<br> <br> No matter what the outcome, some advocates, like attorney Locke Bowman, say the case will have an affect on the torture scandal as a whole.</p><p>"This is the case that presents the Illinois supreme court with an opportunity to exercise leadership in the Illinois criminal justice system and to take a dramatic step if it chooses to help us put this scandal behind us," Bowman said.<br> <br> Bowman was an attorney for alleged victims in previous torture cases, and he heads the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University. He said justices could use the Wrice case to grant hearings to other alleged torture victims. He said justices could take a few months, if not longer, to decide the outcome of this case.</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/burge-torture-case-hands-illinois-supreme-court-92053