The former long-time mayor of Chicago has been dodging all sorts of reckoning over the years. It may finally be catching up with him in a civil lawsuit filed against various parties, related to long-running police brutality in Chicago that was tied to false confessions:
For the first time, a federal judge has ruled former Mayor Richard M. Daley can be sued as a defendant for his alleged role in what plaintiffs claim is a citywide conspiracy to cover up police torture.
And Daley could be deposed by lawyers representing alleged victims, all African American, who charge their abuse came at the hands of a small band of predominantly white police officers under the command of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.
The Burge case has already cost Chicago taxpayers more than $43 million in settlements and outside legal fees. Burge is in federal prison.
Though Daley was questioned under oath by a court-appointed special prosecutor in 2006, it was widely criticized as an overly solicitous interview. This would likely be a more adversarial exchange.
The deposition date is set for early September.
For more info on the cases surrounding Jon Burge, the entry at wikipedia is rather comprehensive. I’ll set you down at “torture methods”. This may shock you, but Daley had a primary challenger in 1991 who brought up this issue… and Daley, of course, won.
But here’s a twist: Daley had been county prosecutor during the time of the most notorious torture cases – the 1980s. He was able to escape civil liability due to his position then…. but he became mayor in 1989. And they’re going after him for that time period, as he resisted investigation of the issue.
I bet with regards to any civil award, it will be the city of Chicago paying, not Daley’s personal wealth. But what Daley could be paying is his reputation.
And it’s about damn time for that to start.
So…. what is Rahm Emmanuel’s connection to the Daley machine? Does he owe the old man anything? Is it in his interest to settle this quickly & quietly, or would he like the full deposition to go on?
I could see Rahm letting this fester, so he can blame the current problems of Chicago (crumbling finances, the violent flash mob activity along the Magnificent Mile) on Daley (and he would have a point), and just so that he can look like the good-government guy (snort).
Emmanuel has been doing all sorts of stuff in Chicago that has local unionists up in arms, by the way. Have you heard about it in the national news, like Gov. Walker’s cuts?