Burge Case Close to Over

Lt. Jon Burge Pleads Not Guilty

By Laura McNutt
|  Monday, Jun 7, 2010  |  Updated 2:49 PM CDT
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Federal prosecutors hope to wrap up the perjury case against form Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge this week. 

Burge is accused of lying after denying in a civil lawsuit that he and other detectives systematically tortured suspects in order to elicit confessions during the 1970s and '80s.   

Prosecutors have called several men who say Burge abused them while he kept them in custody. In all, 110 men have accused Burge and others of using a typewriter cover to suffocate them, a black hand-cranked generator box to shock them on their genitals and placed guns to their heads to make them confess to crimes.

Several others have also testified, including the men's attorneys and loved ones. One witness, Frances Boatman,  says Burge injured and tried to kill her boyfriend, Anthony Holmes, in the '70s.
Holmes, whose street name was Satan, was the government’s first witness. Holmes claims he was one of the first victims, back in 1973 when he was handcuffed and then electro-shocked while is custody.

Burge has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond.

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