Illinois Officer Arrested for Torture Case Obstruction; Texas Executes 12th of '08
As a result of the brutality of the Chicago Police force, who obtained confessions at the hands of torture, Illinois effectively did away with the death penalty in the state, emptying Death Row and currently maintaining a moratorium on the Death Penalty.
Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge provided false statements to federal officer investigating the brutality, which took place largely in the 1980's. The city of Chicago has since paid out $20 million in claims by inmates who said they were abused at Burge's hand.
The feds are unable to bring charges for the actual torture based on the statute of limitations having had run.
In a related note: Texas has executed its 12th person of the year. There's something to be said for good ol' fashioned Southern stubbornness...of course, the something to be said involves a LOT of four letter expletives directed at the court system, the legislature, the governor, and the people.