Special prosecutor to review torture cases

A Cook County judge says he will appoint a special prosecutor to determine if new trials will be granted several imprisoned men who claim they were tortured by ex-Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.

They claim Burge's actions and those of his underlings forced them to confess to crimes they didn't commit.

Chief Judge Paul Biebel Jr. said Thursday the Cook County state's attorney's office has a "conflict of interest" and shouldn't participate in their cases.

The state's attorney's office did not immediately comment on the ruling.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/XG5zWj) Biebel will seek a special prosecutor from state's attorney's offices throughout Illinois. 

Burge was convicted in 2010 of lying in testifying in a lawsuit he'd never participated or witnessed suspect torture. He's serving a 4 1/2-year sentence.

Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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