WBEZ | David Koschman http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-koschman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: The long road to justice for David Koschman http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-07/morning-shift-long-road-justice-david-koschman-109473 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr edenpictures.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>David Koschman died nearly a decade ago, yet many are still waiting for justice. We talk to the Chicago Sun-Times reporters who brought the case back into the spotlight in 2011 and look ahead to the upcoming trial.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-long-road-to-justice-for-david-k" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The long road to justice for David Koschman" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-07/morning-shift-long-road-justice-david-koschman-109473 Daley’s nephew charged with involuntary manslaughter http://www.wbez.org/news/daley%E2%80%99s-nephew-charged-involuntary-manslaughter-104168 <p><p>A grand jury indicted Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s nephew Monday for his alleged role in the 2004 death of David Koschman. The 21-year-old victim was injured in a fight outside a bar on Rush Street and died in the hospital 11 days later.</p><p>Richard J. Vanecko, who is the the son of former Mayor Daley&rsquo;s sister, was charged with involuntary manslaughter Monday after a 6-month investigation. He allegedly punched Koschman in the face and departed the scene in a cab. The investigation, conducted by Cook County special prosecutor Dan Webb, also includes an inquiry into how the case was initially&nbsp;handled and why no charges were filed.</p><p>Nanci Koschman, David Koschman&rsquo;s mother, said the police detective she spoke to in 2004 blamed the incident on her son.</p><p>&ldquo;When that detective came in and said it&rsquo;s all your son&rsquo;s fault, it&rsquo;s all his responsibility, that&rsquo;s like a knife through a mother&rsquo;s heart,&rdquo; she said, tearing up repeatedly in a press conference Monday. &ldquo;He told me I&rsquo;d be impressed by the names of the people that were involved with the case, and that if I tried to sue, they would keep me tied up in court for years.&rdquo;</p><p>Koschman said when she realized there would be no investigation, she threw up her hands.</p><p>&ldquo;My dad used to have a saying to my sister and me, you can&rsquo;t fight City Hall. I never really thought that I was gonna go anywhere,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>But in April of this year, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb to the case.</p><p>&ldquo;Now at least I see that with a lot of good people behind you, good things can happen,&rdquo; said Koschman. She was accompanied by Locke Bowman, legal director of the Solange and Roderick Macarthur Justice Center at Northwestern Law School, and two attorneys from the People&rsquo;s Law Office.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the reasons Mr. Bowman and myself got involved in this case was because of the, to put it kindly, the irregularities in this investigation over an eight-year period,&rdquo; said Flint Taylor, partner at the People&rsquo;s Law Office.</p><p>&ldquo;The failures to properly investigate and to indict eight years ago speak volumes about the inadequacies of that investigation.&rdquo;</p><p>Mr. Vanecko&rsquo;s arraignment is set for December 10.</p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley%E2%80%99s-nephew-charged-involuntary-manslaughter-104168 Former U.S. Attorney takes on Koschman case http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/former-us-attorney-takes-koschman-case-98490 <p><p>Dan K. Webb, a former U.S. Attorney, was appointed Monday as special prosecutor to look into the death of David Koschman.</p><p>Cook County Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb to investigate the 2004 brawl involving Richard Venecko and that led to Koschman’s death a short time later.</p><p>Koschman's family asked for a special prosecutor alleging Venecko was not charged in the death because he is the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>Webb has been tasked with investigating if anyone should face criminal charges in the case. He will also look into any possible misconduct by the prosecutors and police that handled the initial investigation.</p><p>Webb said he would start working on the case immediately. He said the first step was “to gather all records to get up to speed on the facts and then the investigation will take us where the facts take us.”</p><p>In approving the request for a special prosecutor, Judge Toomin determined there was enough evidence of a conflict of interest in the original investigation to warrant a further look.</p><p>Asked by reporters whether he has any connections to former Mayor Daley, Webb said he was not connected with any of the parties involved in the case.</p><p>“I intend to fairly investigate it [the case] as I've done throughout my career,” said Webb.</p><p>Meanwhile, Locke Bowman, an attorney representing Koschman’s family, said he was satisfied with the selection of Webb as special prosecutor.</p><p>“We have said all along that we want a full, vigorous investigation of this matter,” said Bowman.</p><p>There is no date yet for when the investigation will be completed.</p></p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/criminal-justice/former-us-attorney-takes-koschman-case-98490