For decades, people convicted of criminal charges such as murder and rape in the Chicago area have attempted to get their confessions overturned. Dozens of people in jail or who have already served time in jail for criminal charges only confessed because Chicago police supposedly tortured them into making the confessions.
The requests of these inmates have been ignored and denied for quite some time until a former Chicago police lieutenant was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to witnessing and participating in torturing confessions out of criminal suspects. The Illinois Supreme Court ruling gives hope to dozens of inmates who state that they too confessed to a crime they did not commit because of police torture. In the instant case, the justices ruled that the alleged perpetrator could obtain a new hearing regarding evidence that he was beat into a confession with a rubber hose and flashlight.