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LT. DENIS WALSH, A KEY KOSCHMAN COP, QUITS IN FACE OF FIRING

Published Feb. 12, 2016 By TIM NOVAK and CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters Lt. Denis Walsh has resigned from the Chicago Police Department one week after interim Supt. John Escalante moved to fire him over his role in the 2011 reinvestigation of David Koschman’s killing — a case that was closed without charges against …

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15 questions Webb’s report doesn’t answer

Published March 3, 2014 By TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters Former Mayor Richard M. Daley and eight of his relatives found themselves in the middle of the latest investigation of David Koschman’s death. But none had to testify before the grand jury that indicted Daley nephew Richard J. …

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Judge may decide on special prosecutor in Daley nephew case

By Ryan Haggerty Tribune reporter 10:04 a.m. CDT, April 6, 2012 A Cook County judge is scheduled to decide this afternoon whether to appoint a special prosecutor to look into how Chicago police investigated the 2004 death of David Koschman following a drunken confrontation with a nephew of then-Mayor Richard …

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Koschman’s mom asks for special prosecutor to look into son’s death

BY TIM NOVAK and CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters December 14, 2011 10:03PM More than seven years after her 21-year-old son David Koschman died as the result of a punch thrown by a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, Nanci Koschman asked Wednesday for the appointment of a special prosecutor to …

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City worker quits in the face of David Koschman questions

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter [email protected] July 19, 2011 2:28PM Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s director of special events resigned her City Hall job while facing the prospect of being fired for refusing to cooperate in the city inspector general’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s handling of a …

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Cops dodge questions in David Koschman homicide case

We’ve hit what I call the “FOIA Stone Wall.” “FOIA” stands for the Freedom of Information Act, one of the most important tools in a reporter’s toolbox when it comes to finding out what government knew and when it knew it. Authorities, by law, are obligated to respond. But in …

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Police resist release of Vanecko lineup photos in Koschman case

The decision by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office not to charge a nephew of Mayor Daley in the one-punch death of 21-year-old David Koschman in 2004 hung largely on the fact that witnesses couldn’t positively identify the nephew, Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko, in a police lineup, according to prosecutors. …

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Jody Weis: Give Koschman witnesses polygraphs

Four friends of David Koschman told detectives earlier this year they’d be willing to take lie-detector tests to back up their recollections that Koschman wasn’t being physically aggressive when he was punched in the face by a nephew of Mayor Daley in a drunken confrontation in 2004 that led to …

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Koschman cop: Daley nephew, friends made charges impossible

The key hurdles to filing charges in 2004, according to Yawger: After punching Koschman, Vanecko ran off with a friend, Craig Denham. Two other Vanecko friends who were there — Kevin McCarthy and his wife, Bridget Higgins McCarthy — initially told the police they didn’t know the two guys who …

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ISPD to review Chicago police inquiry into 2004 death

Illinois State Police on Friday agreed to review the Chicago Police Department’s investigation of the April 2004 homicide of David Koschman, who died after he was punched in the face by Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Richard Daley and White House Chief of Staff William Daley. The state …

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