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updated: 11/3/2011 11:26 AM

Daley will remain as defendant in police torture suit

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A federal judge is standing by her first-of-its-kind ruling that former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will remain as a defendant in a lawsuit over police torture.

Daley is being sued by Michael Tillman, who claims officers tortured him into confessing to murder.

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Daley has been named in previous lawsuits by alleged torture victims, but judges always dismissed him as a defendant.

But Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in July ruled Daley should remain in Tillman's lawsuit on counts that accuse him of participating in a conspiracy to cover up the torture during his time as mayor.

Daley challenged that ruling, and Pallmeyer denied his motion to reconsider it Wednesday.

One of Daley's attorneys referred a call for comment to Chicago's Law Department. A department spokesman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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