Prosecutors Ordered To Turn Over Interviews In Case Tied To Daley Nephew

CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a Mount Prospect man who died eight years ago after a confrontation with Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew has scored a legal victory.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, at issue were transcripts of interviews with witnesses to the incident in which Richard J. Vanecko allegedly punched David Koschman, who fell and hit his head, and died a few days later.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office had refused to hand over the transcripts to attorneys for Koschman’s mother, who want a special prosecutor named to investigate the case.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who objects to the motion for a special prosecutor, has said releasing the transcripts would interfere with investigations being conducted by her office and city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, the Sun-Times reported.

But on Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael P. Toomin ordered Alvarez to turn over the paperwork, and her office has reportedly complied, the Sun-Times reported.

Early on the morning of April 25, 2004, Vanecko and Koschman reportedly had a confrontation outside a bar in the Rush and Division Street nightclub district. The quarrel allegedly prompted Vanecko to punch Koschman.

The case was reopened and closed by Chicago Police last year, without criminal charges. Police said they determined Vanecko acted in self-defense.

Detectives reportedly determined Koschman was the aggressor, based on witness accounts.

But those witnesses later said they never told police Koschman was the aggressor.

Alvarez’s office also declined to press charges, saying there was not enough evidence to sustain criminal charges against Vanecko. But last year, Alvarez did ask Illinois State Police to examine the Chicago Police investigation.

Koschman’s family’s petition for a special prosecutor noted irregularities in the investigation, including false official reports and a case file that went missing, and says the investigation might have been influenced by Vanecko’s relationship to Mayor Daley. The petition said the irregularities require an independent investigation.

  • Just Axin

    Good job, judge. That political hack Alvarez is a tool. Let the info be known that will hopefully get some people get in trouble.

  • g-man

    Hey Alvarez if your office did nothing wrong then you should welcome another investigation !!! Maybe this time the courts or the feds will finally get Daley and company !!!



  • Jim

    I cannot believe they want to drag this case up again. This was eight damn years ago! If this guy wasn’t related to Daley, this would have been laid to rest long ago. The case was reviewed last year and closed! I’m tired of the Daley haters trying to drag up dirt on him. Leave it alone, forget about it!!!!

  • cc

    blamed irregular people that voted state atty alvarez.glad the family of the victim got their way.maybe something will go forward to prosecute and close the case against daley’s nephew.hope justiice will prevail for the victim family.

    • Jim

      Justice has already prevailed. It was mutual combat. Meaning a concentual fight between two people. Koschman was reportedly the aggressor. This was a closed case. Some people just can’t seem to leave it alone!

      • cc

        a person die.there are no limitation for is not closed.the victim family has the right to know. remember ther are two stories on both sides.hope the real one prevail.

      • johanna

        it should not be left alone apparently you cannot READ!! the article says witnesses said they never told the police that the kid that died was the agressor.. now if this was just a normal kid he wouldve been in jail for at least manslaughter but since hes related to daley and at the time daley was mayor still the kid got off…i think it should be reopened now that hes not mayor anymore and see what happens!!!

  • carlucci

    a young man died, as hard as they want to sweep this under the rug , of course they proclaim self defense , this vanecko is over six feet 200 pounds, the koshman kid was much smaller , give me a break on the self defense !

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