CHICAGO (CBS) – A state commission that’s scrutinizing murder convictions to see if any might be overturned because of police torture is now backpedaling on two more cases.
The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission had found evidence of police torture in 17 cases – and those cases were to move toward a possible new trial.
But now three cases are off the list, at least temporarily.
Last week, WBBM reported that the commission had withdrawn one case involving a 30-year-old double murder in Rogers Park.
The commission had found evidence that the convicted killer was tortured, but the commission admitted it failed to show due diligence, required under law, to try to notify the family of the victims.
Now the executive director, David Thomas, tells WBBM: “Due to flaws in the victim notification process, the commission has withdrawn the decisions in two additional cases.”