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More Burge torture cases could be on the way

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The litany of Burge cases - people who may have confessed only because they were tortured by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge or one of his associates - may not be over yet.

Over the weekend, Gov. Quinn's office announced the governor has made his first seven appointments to the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission. The commission was created by legislation last August and looks at all of the cases involving Burge and his underlings to see if there is any reason to reopen an investigation and ultimately recommend whether the claims should be prosecuted in court.

The chairman will be Patricia Brown Holmes of Chicago. Holmes was the chair of Governor Quinn's Cemetery Oversight Task Force and was a judge in Cook County, a former assistant United States attorney and corporation counsel for the City of Chicago. She is a partner at Schiff Hardin.

Here are the other appointees as released by Gov. Quinn's office:

Leonard Cavise of Chicago is a law professor at DePaul and Director of the Center for Public Interest Law and frequently takes on pro bono public interest and human rights work.

Daniel Coyne of Evanston is a U.S. Navy Veteran and former defense attorney who has argued before the United States Supreme Court. He is now a law professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Hipolito "Paul" Roldan of Chicago is the chief executive officer of the Hispanic Housing Corp. He has also been a recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a Bronze Star for his duty in the Vietnam War.

Neil Toppel of Chicago is a partner at Dvorak, Toppel and Barrido. Prior to private practice, he worked for the Cook County Public Defender's Office where he handled first amendment, police brutality, gender and race discrimination litigation and has given lectures on Illinois criminal procedure.

Rob Warden of Chicago is the executive director for the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. He is the author of seven books and is a former executive officer at the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Andrea Zopp of Chicago has worked in the United States attorney's office and the Cook County state's attorney's office and was a member of the Cemetery Oversight Task Force.

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