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Prosecutors: No new rape trial for Illinois man freed from prison after police torture claims

Stanley Wrice, left, convicted of rape and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1982 gives a thumbs-up sign as he and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, leave Pontiac Correctional Center Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years in prison when a Cook County Judge overturned his conviction the day before and granted him a new trial. Wrice has claimed for decades he was beaten and coerced into confessing to the rape by Chicago police Area 2 detectives working for disgraced former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge. Burge himself, is now in federal prison after being convicted of perjury related to torture allegations. Judge Richard Walsh's ruling comes after the officers working for Lt. Burge  who Wrice says beat him, invoked their right not to testify. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)

Stanley Wrice, left, convicted of rape and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1982 gives a thumbs-up sign as he and his attorney Jennifer Bonjean, leave Pontiac Correctional Center Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in Pontiac, Ill. Wrice was released after serving more than 30 years in prison when a Cook County Judge overturned his conviction the day before and granted him a new trial. Wrice has claimed for decades he was beaten and coerced into confessing to the rape by Chicago police Area 2 detectives working for disgraced former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge. Burge himself, is now in federal prison after being convicted of perjury related to torture allegations.¬†Judge Richard Walsh's ruling comes after the officers working for Lt. Burge who Wrice says beat him, invoked their right not to testify. (AP Photos/M. Spencer Green)  (The Associated Press)

Cook County prosecutors say they won't retry a Chicago man for a 1982 rape, a day after and Stanley Wrice was released from state prison.

The decision was made during a brief hearing in Chicago on Thursday morning.

The 59-year-old was released from prison Wednesday after spending 30 years behind bars. He says Chicago police tortured him until he confessed to the crime. Earlier in the week a judge said Wrice should be freed and his conviction should be overturned because officers lied about how they treated him.

Wrice was serving a 100-year sentence.

The decision was the latest development from a dark chapter in Chicago Police Department history in which officers were accused of torturing suspects.