WBEZ | area 2 http://www.wbez.org/tags/area-2 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Burge gets good news as he heads into sentencing http://www.wbez.org/story/area-2/burge-gets-good-news-he-heads-sentencing <p><p>Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is scheduled to be in court Thursday for sentencing, and a ruling Wednesday gives him reason to be hopeful.&nbsp; He was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury and pre-sentencing report by a probation officer recommends sentencing considerations for those crimes start at about a year and a half and Judge Joan Lefkow agrees.</p><p>Prosecutors argued that the starting point for sentencing considerations should be closer to 30 years because of what Burge was lying about.&nbsp; They say Burge was involved in and knew about police officers who tortured confessions out of suspects in the 1970s and 1980s.&nbsp; But in a ruling Wednesday, Judge Joan Lefkow sided with Burge's defense attorneys that the appropriate place to start is the 15 to 21 month range.<br /><br />Defense attorneys will argue that Burge was a good policeman who worked hard and should therefore be given a sentence on the low end, or even below the range.&nbsp; Prosecutors will list off aggravating factors and request a longer prison term.&nbsp; The hearing is expected to go two days, so Burge probably won't be sentenced until some time Friday.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 01:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/area-2/burge-gets-good-news-he-heads-sentencing