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Daley to answer questions on police-torture claims

CHICAGO | Lawyers say former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has agreed to answer questions under oath about allegations he was part of a conspiracy to cover up police torture.

Flint Taylor is an attorney for a former inmate who is suing the city over the allegations. Mr. Taylor says the city agreed during a federal hearing Tuesday to make Mr. Daley available. No date has been set.

Mr. Daley’s office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Mr. Daley is named in a civil suit filed by Michael Tillman, who claims Chicago police waterboarded him with soda decades ago to make him confess to a crime he didn’t commit. Mr. Tillman served nearly 24 years in prison before his rape and murder conviction was vacated in 2010.


Woman charged with faking cancer before her wedding

WHITE PLAINS | Strangers donated the beautifully embroidered wedding dress, the two rings, the honeymoon time-share in Aruba. They acted quickly, too, because the bride was dying of cancer. Or so she said.

The state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday that Jessica Vega, 25, has been indicted on charges of fraud and grand larceny for getting her “dream wedding” by falsely claiming she was dying of leukemia.

“By pretending to have a terminal illness, Vega inexcusably took advantage of the community’s hearts and minds, and profited off of their generosity,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Our office will hold this individual accountable for fleecing the public through lies and deception.”

Ms. Vega, formerly of Montgomery, N.Y., was arrested in Virginia on April 3, extradited to New York and arraigned Friday in Orange County Court in Goshen. She pleaded not guilty. A call to the Legal Aid firm that represented her was not immediately returned.

Among the alleged victims listed in the indictment is the Nu-Cavu restaurant in Wallkill, where the bridal reception was held, and wine and appetizers worth more than $1,000 were donated. Part-owner Carmela Vitolo-Gelsomine said, “We tried to do the best we could for her. We thought she was in a situation where she needed help.”

Others listed as victims are the boutique that donated the wedding dress, and a woman who volunteered to do hair and makeup for the bride and seven bridesmaids.

From wire dispatches and staff reports