Conviction Thrown Out Against Another Burge-Related Victim
A Cook County judge on Tuesday threw out the conviction of a South Side man imprisoned for decades for a 1980s rape, concluding that two of disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s top lieutenants had tortured him into confessing and then covered up the abuse.
Judge Richard Walsh said special prosecutors in the case failed to rebut the allegations made by Stanley Wrice, now 59.
The two former detectives, John Byrne and Peter Dignan, asserted their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination when called to testify during a hearing Monday, according to lawyers.
Wrice had alleged that Byrne and Dignan beat him in the basement of the Area 2 police headquarters on the South Side after his arrest in a brutal gang rape. Byrne hit him with a flashlight, while Dignan struck him with a length of rubber hose, Wrice said.