Man released after spending 30 years in prison claims he was tortured by Chicago police
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A man who repeatedly claimed that he was tortured by Chicago police into falsely confessing was released on Wednesday after spending 30 years in prison.
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Stanly Wrice, 59, was released after Cook County Judge Richard Walsh overturned his conviction, saying that Chicago police officers lied about their treatment of Wrice, the Associated Press reports.
Wrice maintained for years that he only confessed to a sexual assault in 1982 after police officers beat him in the groin and face, a crime for which he was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
A witness also testified at a Tuesday hearing, saying that he falsely implicated Wrice in the crime after two officers from the Chicago Police Department tortured him.
The associated Press reports that this is just the latest revelation in what has been shown to be a history of abuse by former Lt. Jon Burge and those under him.
The special prosecutor still has to decide if Wrice will be retried for the crime. The special prosecutor did not return the Associated Press’s calls on Tuesday seeking comment on the issue.
Wrice is one of multiple men who have been released from prison over recent years after it was revealed that officers under Burge tortured them into confessing, the AP reports.
Beginning in the 1970s, “Burge and his officers beat or shocked [dozens of men] into confessing to crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder,” according to the AP.
Yet no Chicago police officers have ever been convicted of torturing suspects, the Associated Press reported.
Burge, however, is now in federal prison after he was convicted of perjury related to torture allegations, the Associated press reported.
Burge was convicted in 2010 after he claimed that he’d never witnessed or participated in the torture of suspects. He is serving a 4 ½-year sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice. Chicago has paid out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits related to the activities of Burge.
“The torture allegations also were a factor in former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s decision to institute a moratorium on the death penalty in 2000,” the Associated Press reported. The death penalty was abolished in Illinois in 2011 by Gov. Pat Quinn.
The officers who Wrice accused of beating him into confessing invoked their right not to testify in the hearing.
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