Citing Chicago police torture, judge orders convicted murderer freed

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge cited alleged torture by Chicago police for freeing a man who spent 21 years in prison for two 1997 murders.

Police allegedly used an industrial-strength paper-cutter to slice off the toes of Jaime Hauad's shoes and threatened to cut off the then 17-year-old's toes if he didn't confess to the murders of alleged gang members Jason Goral and Jose Morales.

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission determined last year that Hauad's claim of torture was credible.

The Torture Commission kicked the case back to Cook County prosecutors for resolution. The State's Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit and Hauad's attorneys settled on re-sentencing Hauad for time served and setting him free.

Judge William Gamboney on Thursday signed off on the agreement. The now 37-year-old Hauad could be released from prison as early as Friday.