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Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Report: No Evidence Of Daley Influence In Koschman Case

A special prosecutor has released a report concluding there’s no evidence former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley or other family members sought to influence an investigation into the 2004 death of a man punched by Daley’s nephew.

02/04/2014

Richard "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. (Credit Chicago Police/CBS)

Special Prosecutor’s Report On Koschman Case To Be Released Tuesday

Special prosecutor Dan K. Webb will release a 162-page report Tuesday morning that’s expected to shed light on whether clout kept police and prosecutors from charging Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, with killing David Koschman.

02/03/2014

David Koschman

Special Prosecutor To Complete Koschman Probe Pro Bono

Going forward, Cook County taxpayers won’t have to pay for work of a special prosecutor investigating why Chicago Police and Cook County prosecutors did not charge a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley in the death of David Koschman.

CBS Chicago–02/01/2013

A statue of ancient Greek philosopher Socrates in the center of Athens (Photo credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

All-Star Lawyers To Re-Try 2,400-Year-Old Socrates Case

A pair of former federal prosecutors will be re-trying a 2,400-year-old case, and they won’t just be trying to convict one of the world’s most beloved philosophers, but they’ll be going up against two prominent Chicago attorneys.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2013

Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko (Chicago Police Department)

Vanecko Judge Steps Aside, New Judge From Outside Cook County Sought

After a judge with ties to former Mayor Richard M. Daley recused himself from the involuntary manslaughter case against a Daley nephew, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans is asking the state’s highest court to appoint a judge from outside the county.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Richard Vanecko (left), a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman (right).

Daley Nephew Indicted In 2004 Death Of David Koschman

A nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr smokes a cigar while leaving his house on Oct. 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by ABACAUSA.COM)

Jackson Family Not Talking About Jesse Jr.’s Tentative Plea Deal

There has been no official response from the Jackson family to the exclusive CBS 2 report that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been negotiating a plea deal with federal prosecutors that would lead to his resignation for health reasons and likely jail time. Reactions among his constituents on Saturday were mixed.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Prosecutor Negotiating Plea Deal For Jackson Jr.

The embattled South Side congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. would resign for health reasons, admit to misspending campaign funds and likely spend some time behind bars, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has learned.

11/09/2012

David Koschman

Dan Webb Named Special Prosecutor In David Koschman Case

A judge has named former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as a special prosecutor to re-investigate the death of a man, after he was punched by the nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley.

04/23/2012

William Cellini leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after he was convicted of two charges in a conspiracy to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign contribution to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: CBS)

Embroiled Cellini Trial Juror Storms Out Of Court, Yells, ‘Leave Me Alone!’

During as post-trial hearing Friday, a juror in the trial of convicted powerbroker William Cellini stormed out of court, yelling, “Leave me alone!”

CBS Chicago–01/06/2012

Court Case Graphic

Judge Wants To Question Cellini Juror About Convictions; Won’t Seek Reporters’ Notes

A federal judge wants to talk to a juror who failed to disclose her felony convictions before she was seated on the jury that convicted power broker William Cellini, but he won’t force reporters to turn over notes of their interviews with that juror.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

William Cellini leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after he was convicted of two charges in a conspiracy to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign contribution to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: CBS)

Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 Counts

Illinois power broker and millionaire businessman William Cellini has been found guilty on two of four counts related to a conspiracy to squeeze the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a campaign contribution.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Trial Set To Go To Jury

In their final push to take down a well-connected Illinois millionaire, prosecutors focused on one sound Tuesday — a laugh — as they tried to convince jurors he was in on a scheme to extort campaign cash from a Hollywood producer for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

10/25/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Cellini Won’t Testify In Own Defense

Millionaire businessman William Cellini has decided not to take the stand during his Chicago corruption trial.

10/21/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Defense Tries To Distance Cellini From Blagojevich

An attorney for an Illinois powerbroker on trial in the last case directly linked to a federal investigation of Rod Blagojevich sought in his opening statement Thursday to distance his client from the disgraced former governor.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson (CBS)

Former Governor Thompson Backs Emanuel On Ballot

A former Republican Illinois governor and two former attorneys general are weighing in on the Rahm Emanuel residency case.

WBBM Newsradio–01/27/2011