Judge: Burge can be subpoenaed

May 24, 2010 10:45:41 AM PDT
A judge has ruled that former Chicago Police Commander John Burge can be called to testify in the case of a man in prison for murder who claims he was beaten until he confessed.In 1990, Cortez Brown was sentenced to death for the murders of two men. Former Governor George Ryan commuted his sentence to life in prison.

While Burge is not accused of directly abusing Brown, Brown's lawyers contend Burge created a culture where police torture was condoned and protected.

"Even if he comes back and takes a 5th on these then why is he taking a 5th we're asking where you there do you know about it did you give permission. He's got to be faced with that," said Fr. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina Church.

The judge in Chicago will ask a judge in Florida to issue a subpoena for Burge.

A civil trial is pending against Burge on charges that he lied to cover up alleged torture.