WBEZ | lefkow http://www.wbez.org/tags/lefkow Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge vows to stay on Burge case http://www.wbez.org/story/case/judge-vows-stay-burge-case <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/patty wagon_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A federal judge says she won't step down from the case of a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow said Wednesday she won't recuse herself before Jon Burge is sentenced Jan. 20. He was convicted in June of perjury and obstruction of justice.</p><p>In a recent motion, Burge's attorneys said they should've been notified before the trial about a prior connection between the lead prosecutor in the case and Lefkow.</p><p>The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weisman, also prosecuted a 2004 case in which Lefkow was the victim of a failed murder-for-hire plot.</p><p>But Lefkow says she only gave brief testimony as a witness and had nothing to do with the decision to prosecute the case.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/case/judge-vows-stay-burge-case