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Burge tells judge he'll testify in torture case

Says he'll refute claims of torture

By Rummana Hussain
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge told U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow on Wednesday that he intends to take the stand at his perjury and obstruction-of-justice trial.

Burge, who has been accused of torturing criminal suspects and lying about it in a civil lawsuit, will specifically testify that he was not at Area 2 headquarters when convicted cop killer Andrew Wilson said he was beaten and strewn across a hot radiator in February 1982, Burge's attorney, Marc Martin, said.

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