Madison Hobley wins historic settlement against Burge, other officers

Loevy + Loevy represented Madison Hobley—an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted after being tortured by Chicago police officers—in his lawsuit against the Chicago police officers who tortured and framed him. In response to written questions from Loevy + Loevy attorneys, notorious Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge lied under sworn oath, denying that he ever committed torture. This was a lie: Burge violently tortured numerous Black and Brown Chicagoans. Prosecutors later used this instance of perjury to indict, prosecute, and imprison CPD Commander Burge. This prosecution made international news: before the perjury conviction, there were few legal avenues to hold Burge accountable since the statute of limitations had passed for his criminal acts of torture. Loevy + Loevy secured a historic $7.5 million settlement for Mr. Hobley in 2008.

Learn more about Madison Hobley’s tragic story, and about other Chicago torture survivors on the Chicago Police Torture Archive. You can also hear about Mr. Hobley’s settlement on WBEZ and in the New York Times.

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