Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says that acting police superintendent Philip Cline’s invoking his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 20 years ago is irrelevant to Daley’s choice to run the police department. The Chicago Tribune says that Cline, considered by some insiders to be the front-runner, is one of three finalists for the job.
“I think I am comfortable with all three candidates,” Daley said. “On their qualifications, on their commitment and on their service…they have stellar careers.”
The Tribune has reported that Cline took the 5th instead of answering questions on the validity of reports he used to obtain search warrants in a 1981 case against drug dealer Charles Wilson. The FBI found that ink used on records from three warrants had not been commercially available in the Midwest at the time they were dated. The defense argued that the reports were filled out long after the searches were conducted, making the searches illegal. Cline said he took the 5th on the advice of his Fraternal Order of Police lawyer until the attorney could review the case. He said he was absolved of wrongdoing.
The other finalists are Joseph DeLopez, a former Chicago police official now is chief in Winnetka, Ill., and Garry McCarthy, a senior New York City police official.