Judge Tosses Conviction in Officers' Murders, Cites Torture
The conviction of a man for the murder of two Chicago police officers 40 years ago has been overturned by a Cook County judge.
Judge William Hooks on Thursday tossed out the confession of Jackie Wilson that he fatally shot Chicago police officers Richard O'Brien and William Fahey in 1982. The 57-year-old Wilson alleged Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured him into confessing to the shootings.
Wilson had been serving a life sentence in prison. In his ruling, Hooks said the rights of the "good, bad and ugly all count."
A team of special prosecutors opposed Wilson's bid for a new trial, saying the evidence didn't show he was beaten.
Hooks' decision means prosecutors would be unable to use Wilson's confession as evidence in a new trial.