What Was That Noise??
Oh, that was just the sound of a whole bunch of sphincters slamming shut:
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.
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 said, “This was a defense conjured up by police and prosecutors”
The judge also took note of what he termed the “missing files syndrome” on the part of both the police and prosecutors.
And Toomin noted that there are sworn statements from witnesses that contradict police reports.
Tribune coverage here.