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Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Will Be Deposed re 1980s Police Torture Scandal


Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who served as Cook County’s top prosecutor before moving on to the city’s number-one job, will be questioned under oath about his knowledge, if any, of a police torture scandal from the 1980s.

Lawyers for both Daley and one of the alleged victims of torture under the regime of ex-police commander Jon Burge announced the agreement Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, WBEZ reports. Daley had been fighting the deposition for months.

The two sides are expected to meet Thursday to work out ground rules for the session.

“We think that we are entitled to question him on all aspects of the torture scandal from 1982 till the time he left as mayor last year,” attorney Flint Taylor, who represents Michael Tillman, told the station. His client was eventually exonerated after being tortured into a confession of a rape and murder he didn’t commit and serving 23 years.

A Sun-Times Media Wire article provides more details about the federal lawsuit that Tillman filed against the city and several police officers in 2010.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Ex-Top Chicago Cop Accused in Widespread Alleged Torture of Suspects Keeps $3K Per Month Pension”

ABAJournal.com: ”AG of Ill. Sues Over Pension Board’s OK of Benefits to Disgraced Police Commander”

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