Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ruling on Burge Torture Case Expected Soon

A Cook County judge today is expected to make a ruling on several cases related to police torture. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the cases should be turned over to the Cook County State's Attorney. Joey Mogul is a lawyer for the People's Law office. She says Madigan should not try to pass the buck.

MOGUL: As a prosecutor, under our ethical rules in Illinois, she has a duty to seek justice in these cases. That duty still with respect with the 20 or so cases she has. She should grant new hearings to those individuals.

The defendants in the cases say they were tortured by officers under former Police Commander Jon Burge. Cook County Judge Paul Biebel held a hearing on the issue in February. In court, a lawyer for the attorney general's office said the move to transfer the cases was prompted by budget cuts.

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