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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Sign of Hope for Victims of Police Torture?

A special prosecutor has been appointed by a Cook County judge to open up the cases of five incarcerated men who allege they were tortured under the John Burge Regime over twenty years ago. Read the Sun-Times Story. The move marks the first glimmer of hope and action after Attornty General Lisa Madigan refused to grant new evidentiary hearings for Alonzo Smith, Eric Caine, Derrick King, Leonard Kidd and Grayland Johnson for over six years. Some speculate Madigan's failure to pursure justice is because of the political quandaries that surround the many "conflicts of interest" in her office and other halls of Chicago's power elite.

While this might be a new journey toward justice for these victims of police torture, it has been one met with many delays and denials. And as was repeated yesterday at Madigan's office by a crowd of activists and Chicago police torture survivors, "Justice too long delayed is justice denied." Shame on you Lisa Madigan for making someone else pick up the human pieces of a broken legal and political system.

Check out the Chicago Reader's Police Torture archive and Northwestern law schools page...

Also, here is audio of Camp Hope's event on torture: Witness Against Torture Forum: From Guantanamo to Streets of Chicago
A presentation by Dr. Marc Falkoff of NIU, Sonia De Santiago, IVAW and former GTMO guard, and Dr. Flint Taylor of the Peoples Law

> Part 1:<http://chicago.indymedia.org/media/all/display/31590/index.php?limit_start=27>&
> Part 2: <http://chicago.indymedia.org/media/all/display/31591/index.php?limit_start=27>

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