Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Ald. Smith tells Lisa Madigan: 'Do your job' on Burge case

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will face a political backlash from black voters if she insists on washing her hands of torture cases tied to former Area 2 Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge, an influential alderman warned Tuesday.

Ald. Ed Smith (28th), former chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, fired off an angry letter to Madigan four days after the attorney general’s office asked to have supervision for five of the 25 Burge cases shifted back to the state’s attorney office.

“If this is shifted back, it’s gonna get lost in the cracks, put on the back burner and nothing will happen. Those people who are in jail will remain in jail. I want her to follow these cases to fruition and make sure that justice is served from her office,” Smith said.

If Madigan insists on passing the hot potato back to the state’s attorney’s office, Smith warned that she would pay a price in a race for governor, the U.S. Senate, the Illinois Supreme Court or even for re-election.

“Our community is still upset about these cases. It could give the impression that she just wants to walk away and let it go. It could be an adversity if she ran again,” he said.
Is anyone out there upset about this Burge case?

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