Reporting Steve Miller
(CBS) – Gov. Pat Quinn wants the director of the state’s Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission to resign because of what he calls a “gross failure to follow the law.”
As WBBM first reported, the torture commission had to backpedal on three cases that were put on a track for a possible new trial.
The commission had determined evidence of police torture in those cases.
But then WBBM discovered victims’ families had not been properly notified by the commission, as required by law. So, three cases were put on hold.
Gov. Quinn says the commission’s director, David Thomas, should step down because of a “gross failure to follow the law.”
“The governor believes new leadership is necessary to make this right,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says.
Thomas is refusing to step down now.
“Basically there is no reason to resign: everything possible has been done to remedy those cases where unintentional mistakes were made, and the procedures have been changed to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” he says in a written statement.