Sunday, March 04, 2012

Jon Burge and the Midnight Crew from Area 2: Act 2 - the Prosecutors

Certainly not Chicago's "finest." Jon Burge and the Midnight Crew from Area 2 tortured people for years. This much we know. We know they put innocent men in prison, and even on death row, for crimes DNA PROVES they did not commit.

So, did the State's Attorney's office, and in particular the assistants (the front-line prosecutors) during that time know what was going on? They would sometimes be handed beaten or burned suspects with signed confessions. Were they clueless or complicit? I doubt we will ever really know.

Daley (ex-Chicago mayor, ex-assistant-State's-Attorney) says he knew nothing of what was going on, either as a prosecutor or as mayor. Daley denies knowledge of police torture, alleged conspiracy to cover it up - Chicago Sun-Times
Daley is named as a defendant in a civil suit filed by Michael Tillman, who spent 23 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit, but confessed to only after police tortured him.

Throughout the 49-page document filed in U.S. District Court, Daley repeatedly denies knowing anything about the alleged torture of numerous defendants while he was Cook County state’s attorney and later when he became mayor.
Tilman is one of many people freed in Illinois by Project Innocence.

For those not familiar with the case of Chicago's Area 2, when faced with a high-profile case of rape or murder or whatever, instead of actually doing the police work required, they would grab someone - usually a black someone - and torture them until they got a confession. The Statute of Limitations had expired on the torture, but Burge was convicted on perjury and conspiracy to obstruct justice - the conspiracy being on-going - and is serving 4-½ year sentence in federal prison.

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