Ex-police superintendent in closed-door Burge trial meeting – Chicago Breaking News


Ex-police superintendent in closed-door Burge trial meeting

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Former Chicago Police Superintendent LeRoy Martin and two former Area 2 detectives left federal court without comment today after closed-door meetings about whether they will be forced to testify at the trial of former police Commander Jon Burge.

Martin, a former Burge supervisor, has been called as a defense witness along with five retired police detectives. 

The meetings, which were closed to the public and press, are believed to have been related to whether the witnesses will be allowed to take the Fifth Amendment in testimony at the trial and decline to answer questions.

One former detective, Michael McDermott, has already been granted immunity to testify for the government against Burge, who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about using or knowing of the torture of suspects.

Former detective James Pienta and his attorney met with U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lefkow on Thursday evening in her locked courtroom, and an attorney for former detective Leonard Bajenski appeared in court Friday with Martin.

Burge’s trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday.

Matt Walberg

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