Burge Case Wraps Up Thursday

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    Former police commander Jon Burge took the stand in his own defense and broke down in tears when recollecting the case of Andrew Wilson.

    Closing arguments have been scheduled in the federal trial of a former Chicago police official accused of lying about the torture of suspects.

    Jurors are set to get the case against former Lt. Jon Burge on Thursday. Closing arguments were delayed by one day after Judge Joan Lefkow said she had an emergency that needed to be taken care of.
    Burge has pleaded not guilty to perjury and obstruction of justice charges. He's accused of lying in a civil lawsuit when he said he's never seen or participated in torturing suspects in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Burge repeated those denials on the witness stand at his four-week trial.
    Prosecutors presented testimony from five men who said Burge and his men shocked, suffocated and beat them into giving confessions to crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder.
    Burge could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted of all charges.