Judge orders probe of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office for second time

Judge orders probe of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office for second time

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge on Thursday directed a special attorney to investigate the Cook County State Attorney’s Office for possible wrongdoing months after a man was acquitted after nearly 40 years in prison for the deaths of two Chicago police officers.

Jackie Wilson was in the middle of a third trial in October when a district attorney testified that he had a personal relationship with a prison informant who helped convict Wilson on a second trial in 1989.

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Wilson’s most recent trial suddenly ended when special attorneys said they would drop charges against him for the 1982 death of Officer Richard O’Brien. He was issued a certificate of innocence in December.

Upon ordering a special prosecutor, Judge Alfredo Maldonado said there was enough evidence that Nicholas Trutenko may have committed perjury and that others in the prosecution may have tried to cover him up.

A spokeswoman for prosecutor Kim Foxx said her office will “cooperate fully”.

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O’Brien and Officer William Fahey were shot dead by Wilson’s brother Andrew during a traffic stop. He died in prison in 2007.

Jackie Wilson was accused of being a getaway driver. He said he had no idea his brother was going to shoot the officers. He also said that he was forced to confess due to torture by the police.

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