Lawyers for a man who spent more than two decades in prison after Chicago police allegedly used torture to extract a false confession are asking a federal judge to force former Mayor
In the motion filed today, attorneys for Ronald Kitchen alerted U.S. District Judge John Tharp that efforts to schedule a deposition with Daley have “reached an impasse.”
According to the filing, Kitchen’s attorneys went so far as to outline for city attorneys the topics they wanted to question Daley about. They also offered assurances that they would not ask Daley about the pending involuntary manslaughter charges against the former mayor’s nephew, Richard Vanecko, in connection with a 2004 beating.
“Despite … reasonable attempts to accommodate Mr. Daley, the City categorically refuses to make him available,” Kitchen’s attorneys wrote.
Daley is no longer a defendant in the lawsuit that Kitchen has brought, but his attorneys are still seeking to depose him as a witness, the filing said.
Daley was the Cook County state's attorney when the office decided to seek the death penalty for Kitchen. Kitchen's lawyers also contend Daley could have knowledge about alleged systemic abuses against African-American suspects.