Special prosecutor to re-examine case of Koschman, Daley's nephew R.J. Vanecko
A special prosecutor will re-examine the April 2004 death of David Koschman, who died of brain injuries after being punched in the face by Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, a judge ruled Friday, declaring: “The system has failed David Koschman.” Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin had harsh words for the way the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled the poltically charged investigation. Of their claim that Vanecko punched Koschman only in self-defense, the judge, noting that Vanecko never spoke with the police, said, “This was a defense conjured up by police and prosecutors . . . This is a fiction of self defense.” The judge also took note of what he termed the “missing files syndrome” on the part of both the police and prosecutors.