A special prosecutors' report paid for by Cook County and released in 2006 concluded that dozens of suspects had been tortured by Chicago police but that no one could be prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out.
Today's indictment gets around that legal problem by charging Burge with perjury, not with any instances of actual torture.
We hate to rain on the parade of "victims" and the legions of haters convicting Burge before even one iota of evidence is presented but consider the following:
- There never was a "black box" located. The allegations about an electrical device appeared years after the fact when the People's Law Office manufactured the box and brought to court in an attempt to sway a hearing. "This is what it might have looked like" was the argument at the time. "...if it existed" should have been included in that phrase.
It detracts from any semblance of credibility when your best witnesses cannot provide physical evidence of alleged torture, maintained their silence during court proceedings about alleged torture, and spent years behind bars without mentioning word one about alleged torture.
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