Burge Jury Selected

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    Sun-Times
    Former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge

    A jury has been seated to hear the federal trial of a former Chicago police official accused of lying about the torture of suspects in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Five women, seven men and five alternates will hear testimony in the case against former police Lt. Jon Burge.  Just three are African-American.

    Prosecutors and lawyers for Burge are expected to start the trial with opening statements Wednesday afternoon.

    Burge is charged with obstruction of justice and perjury for lying about torture that allegedly occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.

    He faces up to 45 years in prison if he's convicted of all counts.

    The trial before U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow is expected to take six weeks.