Judge Boosts Burge's Bond

Convicted former cop to await sentencing in Florida

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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Judge Boosts Burge's Bond

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Former Chicago Police Cmdr. John Burge

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One day after his conviction on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, Federal Judge Joan Lefkow increased Jon Burge’s bond.

Prosecutors had wanted the 62 year-old the former Chicago Police Commander restricted to electronic monitoring when he returns to his Apollo Beach, Fla., home to await sentencing.

"His general respect for the rule of law, which as we've gone forward has been shown to be less than it should have been," said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weisman.

Burge’s attorney Marc Martin argued that was unnecessary.

"Mr. Burge is a cancer patient," Martin said.  "He has medical issues.  He has complied with his bond 100 percent."

As a compromise, Lefkow allowed Burge’s brother Jeffery to post his $275,000 as additional bond.  Previously Burge had used his Florida home to post his own bond.”

In his first public comment since his client was convicted, attorney Martin said he was sorry for the city of Chicago because the conviction will open a "Pandora’s Box of lawsuits."  

Burge was convicted of lying about the torture of suspects while he was a detective at Area 2 Police Headquarters.

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