First day of sentencing finishes for Burge – chicagotribune.com

Posted: January 23, 2011 by scaryhouse in Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, Uncategorized

By Annie Sweeney, Tribune reporter

Inside the interrogation room almost four decades ago, Anthony Holmes testified Thursday, he looked around at the other detectives as then-Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge electric-shocked and choked him.

Somebody would help, say “that is enough,” Holmes said he thought at the time. But no one did, he said at a sentencing hearing for Burge, 63.

Since that day in 1973, Holmes said, he dreams of that room, that he is still there and that, again, no one comes to help. Holmes eventually confessed to murder and went to prison, losing contact with most of his family and suffering long-term emotional pain.

“I just slipped through the cracks,” said Holmes, who was imprisoned for a decade. “I had to get help myself. I survived.”

Holmes was the first of five prosecution witnesses to testify Thursday in U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow’s courtroom. The judge could sentence Burge Friday after hearing from additional witnesses, some on Burge’s behalf.

via First day of sentencing finishes for Burge – chicagotribune.com.

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