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Madigan Faces Pressure Again to Examine Alleged Torture Victim Cases

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is again facing renewed pressure to examine the cases of some alleged victims of police torture. This comes after former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was arrested on federal charges related to the torture.

Attorney Flint Taylor has spent the last 20 years representing some of the alleged victims. Taylor says Attorney General Madigan and other government officials haven’t adequately handled the cases of about two dozen men.

TAYLOR: We call on Lisa Madigan to agree to prompt hearings for all torture victims who remain in prison as a result of confessions allegedly tortured from them by Burge and his men.

In an email statement, Madigan says she is reviewing cases individually to determine the most appropriate next step.

Earlier this week, Jon Burge pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and perjury charges.

I’m Tasha Flournoy, Chicago Public Radio.

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