Daley Nephew’s Death: Daley Nephew’s Death & Inquiry

April 7, 2012 by staff 

Daley Nephew’s Death: Daley Nephew’s Death & Inquiry, A Cook County judge on Friday ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the 2004 death of a man during a fight with former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew, issuing a stinging rebuke of the Chicago Police Department and the county’s state’s attorney.

The family of 21-year-old David Koschman asked for a special prosecutor because they believe there was a police cover-up during the initial investigation. The family also argued that the Cook County state’s attorney’s office has political ties to Daley and is not fit to handle the case.

Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Daley’s nephew, Richard Vanecko, outside a bar in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. No charges have been filed. In a series of articles, the Chicago Sun-Times raised questions about the handling of the initial investigation by police and the state prosecutor.

In Friday’s ruling, Judge Michael Toomin said evidence supports allegations of police misconduct in the initial investigation, including ignoring or falsely recording witness statements and labeling the victim as the aggressor. In public statements, prosecutors and police portrayed Vaneko as acting in self-defense despite never having interviewed or spoken to him, Toomin said.

“So the conclusion that must be drawn (is that) this was a defense conjured up by police and prosecutors,” he said. “… It’s this court’s opinion that that is a gross fiction.”

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