“Lawyers ask for hearings on prisoners who may be victims of Jon Burge’s police abuse” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on October 17, 2012

Jason Meisner — October 17, 2012: “Attorneys with the Northwestern University School of Law filed a class-action petition Tuesday asking a judge to grant hearings to scores of men still imprisoned for murder despite “credible claims” they were tortured into confessing by disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge or detectives under his control.

The petition is the first of its kind in Cook County and represents the only way to bring closure to “a scandal without end,” said Locke Bowman, director of the university’s MacArthur Justice Center. There are 15 men currently in prison who are named in the filing, but Bowman said there are possibly many more who have at least some evidence their confessions were coerced by Burge’s crew……………………”

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