Judge postpones federal wrongful conviction trial


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Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 3:47 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) A federal judge has postponed a trial over allegations that Chicago police covered up the torture of suspects.

U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo announced the delay Monday, as a jury was about to be chosen for the trial involving a lawsuit filed by Alton Logan. He was wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years for a murder he didn't commit, released in 2008 and declared innocent in 2009.

Bucklo says there are 'issues that need to be resolved,' and set a new trial date of Dec. 17.

Logan's lawsuit names former police Lt. John Burge, who was convicted of lying under oath by testifying in another case that he'd never witnessed or participated in the torture of suspects.

Logan claims Burge oversaw officers who concealed information that would have exonerated him.














 



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