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"After examining the injuries to accused cop killer Andrew Wilson following his arrest in February 1982, the former medical director at Cook County Jail sent a letter to the Chicago police superintendent asking him to investigate allegations of police brutality," the Tribune reports today on page 8.
"Dr. John Raba said he wrote Superintendent Richard Brzeczek that Wilson told him he had been beaten and electroshocked by Area Two detectives. The doctor said he noted the blistered burns on Wilson's chest, face and right leg, the open wounds on his forehead, a split lip and gash to the back of his head that required stitches."
Raba also broke new ground in revealing a conversation he had back then with George Dunne, the legendarily powerful president of the Cook County board.
"Brzeczek never responded [to Raba's letter], Raba said, but a week or two later, he received a phone call from powerful Cook County Board President George Dunne.
"'Did he say, 'Doc, what are you doing? Why are you getting involved in this?' asked prosecutor Betsy Biffle, a trial attorney with the Justice Department.
"'That's almost a quote,' Raba replied. 'That's what he said.'
"It was the first time that Raba, who has testified previously about Wilson's injuries, publicly revealed Dunne's phone call. His account supports the prosecution theory that many people who knew or suspected that torture was being used by Burge and that the detectives under his command either ignored it or helped cover it up."
Not only Burge's detectives.
What the Trib doesn't tell you in its story on page 8 is that Brzeczek has long claimed he forwarded Raba's letter to Cook County State's Attorney Richard M. Daley.
Let us now revisit John Conroy's Twenty Questions for Mayor Daley, because apparently no one else will.
And let us now wonder: What in the world did George Dunne have to do with anything? Or was it simply a case of the city's most powerful pols being kept in the loop in order to perform damage control?
Meanwhile, the Sun-Times apparently isn't covering the Burge trial anymore.
In 2007, Conroy wrote that "A cop killer who fought to expose torture in the Chicago Police Department has died, but his testimony from beyond the grave could still help bring down its perpetrators."
That's exactly what just played out.
"Adam gave a new spin to charges that Blagojevich wanted to appoint U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to the Senate seat in exchange for a $1.5 million campaign contribution: Blagojevich was just messing with the Washington, D.C., establishment," Natasha Korecki reports for the Sun-Times
"He knew top Democrats didn't think Jackson was electable in 2010, so Blagojevich artificially propped Jackson up, hoping party leaders would panic and embark on a deal that would ultimately force powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to push through Blagojevich's legislative package, Adam said.
"It worked, according to Adam:
On Dec. 8, 2008, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Blagojevich's top aide, offering to approach Madigan about advancing Blagojevich's package in exchange for appointing Madigan's daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to the seat. The then-governor was arrested the next day."
Shoot. Maybe Patrick Fitzgerald should have tapped Emanuel's phones.
Also: Blago was stocking his campaign fund, not his own pockets. At least at first.
"He's probably one of the most insecure men you're ever going to meet. He shakes constantly. 'Can we do this, should we do this?' His own lawyers won't take his phone calls."
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