Jury Selection Begins in Jon Burge Trial

Monday, May 24, 2010

Chicago - A judge has questioned 28 potential jurors in the trial of former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge, who is accused of lying about the decades-old torture of suspects.

Several people were excused by the judge on Monday, including a woman who told the federal judge she couldn't be fair because she'd already made up her mind.

Jury selection continues Tuesday.

Burge has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice and perjury. He's accused of lying when he denied in a civil lawsuit that he and other detectives had tortured anyone. He faces a maximum of 45 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Prosecutors contend he and his officers beat and tortured suspects decades ago.

Burge's trial in before U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow is expected to last six weeks.