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Daley will remain as defendant in police torture suit

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Associated Press

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.

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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