Burge Attorneys Want Judge to Step Down

Lawyers say they weren't aware of previous connection between judge, prosecutor

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    Attorneys for a former Chicago police lieutenant convicted of lying about the torture of suspects want the judge in the case to step down before sentencing.

    Jon Burge was convicted in June of perjury and obstruction of justice. He's been free on bond since the five-week trial and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20.

    In a motion filed last week, Burge's attorneys said they should've been notified before the trial about a prior connection between the lead prosecutor in the case and U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow.

    The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weisman, also prosecuted a 2004 case in which Lefkow was the victim of a failed murder-for-hire plot.

    Burge's attorneys want Lefkow to step down. They've requested a Jan. 12 hearing to present the motion.