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Illinois high court justices question evidence in conviction of man who claims police torture
SPRINGFIELD (AP) ' Illinois Supreme Court justices have questioned prosecutors about evidence in the rape conviction of a man who says he was tortured into confessing by Chicago police officers.
The court heard arguments Thursday in the case of Stanley Wrice, who claims Lt. Jon Burge's men tortured him into confessing 30 years ago.
Prosecutors argued Thursday that the state has enough evidence to convict Wrice without the allegedly coerced confession. They want justices to rule that the confession was the legal equivalent of "harmless error."
But justices pressed special prosecutor Myles O'Rourke about the other evidence.
Justice Charles Freeman asked whether there is any physical evidence linking Wrice to the crime. O'Rourke acknowledged there are no fingerprints and no DNA.
Burge was convicted last year of lying about the torture of suspects.