Former police cmdr. accused of lying about alleged torture
A federal judge on Thursday delayed the upcoming trial of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge a couple of weeks after prosecutors proposed that jurors hear about three more allegedly questionable interrogations of criminal suspects by Burge and detectives under him. Burge is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about his involvement in the alleged torture of criminal suspects in the 1980s. He denied any knowledge in written answers he submitted in 2003 as part of a federal lawsuit. He was set to go to trial on May 6, but U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow rescheduled the trial to May 24 after Burge's lawyers protested the new evidence. The defense complained it would need more time to try to disprove additional torture allegations dating back some 25 years.
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