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Vanecko Charge Raises Questions About Chicago Clout



    Daley Nephew Charged 8 Years After Koschman Death

    David Koschman died following a single punch thrown, police say, by R.J Vanecko. Carol Marin reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2012)

    Eight years after a man's death, a new indictment has many wondering if there's a double standard for justice in Chicago. 

    R. J. Vanecko, former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew, was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of David Koschman of Mount Prospect. Koschman died in 2004 after taking a single punch from Vanecko on the sidewalk outside a bar on West Division Avenue.

    Until now, any criminal legal action against Vanecko has been nearly non-existent from the police and the state's attorney's office. That has raised serious questions about whether Vanecko, the grandson of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, received special treatment. 

    "There is no celebration, no vengeance," said Locke Bowman, the attorney representing the Koschmans. "But why on earth are we standing here so long after? Did this delay have anything to do with the identity of the defendant and his politically powerful family?"

    Nanci Koschman Reacts to Charges

    [CHI] Nanci Koschman Reacts to Charges
    Nanci Koschman says she's going to pay a visit to her son and tell him that he can rest in peace.
    (Published Monday, Dec. 3, 2012)

    In January of 2012, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said she would fight an attempt to appoint a special prosecutor to the case and filed a 50-page motion stating that her office bore no conflict of interest in conduction the investigation. The special prosecutor was ultimately assigned to the case after oral arguments swayed Judge Michael Toomin.

    Monday, however, Alvarez said there was more to her story:

    "I know what I was supposed to do," Alvarez said responding to a question about the indictment at her swearing in. "I was the only one who asked for an independent investigator. Now I'm free to disclose ... we opened an active grand jury." 

    Special Prosecutor Named in Koschman Case

    [CHI] Special Prosecutor Named in Koschman Case
    U.S. Attorney Dan Webb will investigate the circumstances of a homicide involving former Mayor Richard Daley's nephew. Carol Marin reports.
    (Published Monday, April 23, 2012)

    Koschman's mother, Nanci, said she feels no need for revenge against Vanecko but said the Monday charge brings peace to her and her family.

    "I wanted it on record that this man hit my son for no reason," she said.