Ex-Inmate Freed in Burge Torture Case Struggles to Build New Life

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(Chicago Tribune) — At first glance, Eric Caine’s resume appears typical for someone looking for work in a tough economy.  “Seeking a position with a company that will utilize my experience and education,” the resume states as an objective. It goes on to list office, janitorial and organizational skills. References are available upon request.  But missing from the document are dates — the months and years of degrees bestowed and promotions earned, the usual chronology of work experience that neatly fills in the gaps of a life.  That’s because Caine spent the last quarter-century in prison for a double murder he confessed to after allegedly being beaten by Chicago police detectives.  Now, more than two months after prosecutors dismissed the indictment and a Cook County judge ordered his release, Caine is struggling to adjust to life outside the walls of Menard Correctional Center, to reconnect with people and earn a living in a world that moved on without him.

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