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