Chicago Shame: Daley Family Clout Nearly Suppresses An Indictment But Shouldn't There Be More?

I have probably written more posts regarding the deadly encounter between Richard “RJ” Vanecko and David Koschman than any other particular subject. The reason for this is not because I want to see the Daley’s get their just rewards – it is simply a matter of standing up for what is right and what is wrong.

Now I am almost positive that no one was looking for trouble or for anyone to die on that fateful night. Yet, that is exactly what happened. And the succeeding chain of events that have prevented Mrs. Koschman from getting either the whole truth or the proper closure of losing one’s son is something that no parent should ever have to endure. Sadly it took eight long years before an honest Cook County Judge, Michael P. Toomin finally decided that there was sufficient evidence that the Chicago Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorneys Office mishandled this case. Sadly the State’s Attorneys Office mishandled it twice – once under the leadership of Dick Devine and the other under Anita Alvarez. Not surprising is that Devine and Alvarez are longtime Daley Loyalists.

As for moving forward, hopefully all the evidence and irregularities in this case will result in a conviction. I know that Mrs. Koschman has no desire to see Richard Vanecko go to jail but the way I see it if he is found guilty then there is a price that must be paid. After all, we are all ultimately responsible for our own actions. And it should not matter if we are rich, poor or politically connected.

Speaking of taking responsibility, Kevin and Bridget Higgins McCarthy as well as Craig Denham should probably be indicted for their part in the obstruction of justice and/or as accomplices after the fact. After all, it was their actions that initially stalled the investigation. And that is something that must be dealt with more harshly than simply a slap on the wrist.

As for Anita Alvarez, well she probably won’t step down or even admit that her actions in this case weren’t in the best interests of the city. Hopefully the voters will remember what  transpired the next time she is up for re-election. The City of Chicago and/or Cook County does not need a double-standard when it comes to criminal prosecution.

For those who would like to read my previous posts, they are:

Judge Michael Toomin: Another Political Pawn or Will He Do The Right Thing?

Koschman Homicide: Cook County State’s Attorney Alvarez Should Resign As Judge Schedules Special Prosecutor Hearing

RJ Vanecko: Is The Chicago Police Department Covering Up A Homicide?

Time For Fed’s To Investigate CPD / Vanecko Investigation

R.J. Vanecko Investigation: Is CPD Warning Residents and Visitors?

Anita Alvarez Says Not Enough Evidence To Charge “RJ” Vanecko?

Is Anita Alvarez’ Call For New “Independent” Investigation Disingenuous?

Another Twist With Koschman Homicide Case Files

Thankfully the Chicago Sun-Times stayed on top of this case and their archive is quite extensive:

Click Here For The Chicago Sun-Times Articles Regarding David Koschman


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  • This is the Chicago Way. It is now the National Way.

    Will anybody pay the price for the dead border agent of Fast and Furious, or anybody really be held accountable for Bengazi? No.

    Chicago was the lab for crony politics and spitting in the eye of the body politic, banana republic government at its best, with both parties scratching each other's back.

    This one case is a miracle.

    Don't expect miracles. We are a government of "men" and not "laws">

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    You're probably right when it comes to Fast and Furious & Bengazi although there has been some fallout with those resignations. But in the grand scheme of things, yes you are right.

    I totally agree with your statements regarding Chicago (and by extension Illinois) Politics. But I will say this - even though this Vanecko Case is a miracle there was a concerted effort by the Chicago Sun-Times to keep plugging along and that got many others to hit the web and raise enough of a stink to finally force someone to do the right thing. Judge Toomin, I thought, could have gone either way but I give him an A+ for the courage to buck the very system that he benefited from as a jurist.

    So my friend hopefully the future will be a bit brighter and get "the people" to demand the government they are entitled to. Maybe yes, maybe no - but this case at least shows what can happen when enough outrage forces one's hand.

    Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Richard. Thanks for your great comment.

  • The only thing I figure is that presiding judge Toomin, and as a result, chief judge Evans, don't want to touch this with a ten foot pole.

    So, maybe judicial ethics has some force in this state, and otherwise (as I said before) I'm not going to prejudge this.

  • In reply to jack:

    Toomin showed some real cajones in this one; Evans did not by allowing a longtime Daley benefactor to remain in the "pool." Then again Evans is one of the biggest Daley benefactors of all time. All in all though the system shows signs that it can work if there is enough of a groundswell of support. I guess what we need to do now is sit back and see how this jurist from McHenry handles things. Like you - won't prejudge.

  • BTW, Alvarez was just reelected, so nothing is going to happen on that front for 4 years.

  • In reply to jack:

    BTW so was Derrick Smith. lol.. Just let me lay this out there though - if Vanecko is found guilty as he should be - then Anita Alvarez would be hard pressed not to resign. Again won't prejudge but I will say this too - the next four years will see this blog attacking Alvarez every time she errs - and that seems to be often enough to keep me busy.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    She has already CYA by being on every TV and radio talk show saying that she had an open investigation when Toomin appointed Webb.

    If you want to ride a prosecutor, there seems a lot that can be done in Lake County, although they elected a new one there.

    And, in retrospect, if any State's Attorney should have been indicted, it was Richard M. Daley. In the meantime, I don't think Alvarez is going to take $7,000 from a federal mole.

  • In reply to jack:

    If you recall I wrote a piece when she said she would ask the Illinois State Police to investigate and that I thought it was disingenuous because the person who going to lead it was a former Cook County State's Attorney's office lackey. Then after Toomin appointed Webb she revealed she had an active investigation; same one? Probably.

    Look I get what your saying as you generally make damn good sense but right now I would keep concentrating on Alvarez and Dick Devine (and by extension Richie Shortshanks). I said long ago we needed a Federal Investigation into the goings on at the CCSA Office and not just for the Koschman Case - this crap with cops and their code of silence is costing city taxpayers a shitload of money in settlements. Cops and prosecutors acting with impunity is clear enough proof the system is rigged.

    No doubt, though, this sort of shot happens all over this state - but Cook County needs to be made the example my friend - take that down and the shield ruptures.

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