A man released from prison after 31 years will not stand trial again for rape.
Stanley Wrice says he was tortured into confessing by detectives who worked for disgraced Chicago police Commander Jon Burge.
Wrice appeared in court Thursday where prosecutors wasted no time making their intent known that they will not pursue a retrial on the charges. With that Judge Richard Walsh promptly dismissed the case.
Less than 24 hours after being released from the Pontiac Correctional Center, Wrice and his lawyers say the evidence is clear that he was beaten and tortured at the old Area 2 Police Headquarters by detectives working for controversial police commander Jon Burge. He’s currently serving time in the federal penitentiary on perjury charges related to the alleged torture cases.
Wrice says he was brutalized into signing a confession to a rape that he never committed.
The two former detectives accused of beating Wrice refused to testify and invoked their 5th Amendment Rights against self-imcrimination. Their decision caused Judge Walsh to order Wrice’s immediate release from prison pending a possible retrial.
But prosecutors say there’s no witnesses and no case against Wrice anymore leading to the dramatic dismissal.
“God is smiling on me today,” said Wrice. “He lifted me from what I was caught up in years and years ago.”
Wrice’s lawyers have made it clear they intend to help him file a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago.