Chicago Mayor Richard Daley denies that the city has reneged on a $14.8 million settlement agreement with three men pardoned of murder and released from death row, says the Chicago Tribune. The three are suing the city in federal court over claims that former Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command tortured them into confessing to unrelated murders. The men spent decades on death row before former Gov. George Ryan pardoned them in 2003.
Attorneys for the men yesterday filed a 12-page memo outlining the negotiations they claim led to a settlement agreement in early November. The agreement included assurances the city reportedly requested. Among them were promises Daley wouldn’t be named as a defendant in the cases, that the plaintiffs wouldn’t seek to depose him and that they wouldn’t criticize the mayor publicly.