- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A law professor will review applications for reparations to be paid by a fund for victims of torture at the hands of a Chicago police squad headed by former commander Jon Burge.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1IusJQx ) 61-year-old Daniel Coyne, a clinical professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, will determine the legitimacy of reparation applications made to the Burge Reparations Ordinance. The Chicago City Council created the $5.5 million fund last month and issued a formal apology for the torture.

Dozens of men who claimed they were tortured during the 1970s, ‘80s and early 90s could each receive as much as $100,000.

Burge was convicted of lying about torture while testifying in a civil case. He served 4½ years in prison.

Thus far, Coyne has received about two dozen applications.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://chicago.suntimes.com/

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