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Report: Daley Denies Knowlege of Police Torture

His legal team filed a 49-page document with the U.S. District Court



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    Mayor Richard M. Daley (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley continues to keep his lawyers busy in the ongoing legal battle over allegations of police torture.

    On Friday, his legal team filed a 49-page document with the U.S. District Court in which Daley repeatedly denies having any knowledge about a band of police officers who tortured confessions out of innocent suspects, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Daley is listed as a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by Michael Tillman, who was released in 2010 after serving 23 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

    Tillman says his confession was beaten out of him by officers working under Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge.

    John Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2010. He is currently serving 4.5 years in prison.

    Meanwhile, Tillman is one of several former victims filing lawsuit against the city in connection with Burge’s case.  Several others who are still imprisoned are hoping to overturn their sentences with new evidence.

    In 2011, Federal Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled that Daley could be listed as a defendant in a civil suit brought by Tillman.

    Daley received a request in August and November of 2011 to appear for a deposition. He has managed to avoid both depositions.