Ex-Chicago Police Commander Burge Guilty Of Lying About Torture


Former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge, the subject of accusations of torture against suspects for decades, was convicted on all counts of an indictment charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. The Chicago Tribune says a federal jury found Burge guilty of lying in a 2003 civil lawsuit about his use or knowledge of torture of criminal suspects.

William Gamboney, one of his attorneys, said Burge was very disappointed and surprised by the verdict. “We intend to pursue every (legal) avenue we have.” Gamboney said he will seek probation for Burge, who is 62 and is said to be ailing from cancer. “I think he has a lot of mitigation on his side, ” he said. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the verdict represented a measure of justice for Burge’s victims. “These sorts of things that happened in 1982, 1985, being punished 25, 28 years later, that’s not a full measure of justice,” Fitzgerald said.

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