CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than a week after the director of the state’s torture commission was pressured to resign, the commission has narrowly voted to hire an interim director.

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The commission is looking into whether convicted murderers were tortured into confessing.

Families of crime victims were upset that they weren’t included in the review process – as required by statute.

And – backed by Governor Quinn – they demanded the resignation of the former director of the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission.

Now – in emergency session – the commission has voted 4-3 to hire an interim director: attorney James Sledge, who told the commission he hasn’t thoroughly read the statute.

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“I’ve seen it. I haven’t read it from back to cover.”

Answers like that stunned some commission members, like Leonard Cavise.

“I was surprised by some of his answers. I knew he wasn’t a specialist in the field but I didn’t think he was this unschooled.”

Joe Heinrich, whose sister was murdered 30 years ago, was glad to see the last director go but seems willing to give Sledge a chance.

“He seemed not to know very much about this torture issue, which I think speaks to possibly his neutrality. Time will tell.”

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The commission is offering the job to Sledge for 60 days.