John Ransom

After a series of articles detailing discrepancies in how Chicago Police handled an investigation of a brawl involving R.J. Vanecko, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is calling for an inquiry into the case. Vanecko is a nephew of Obama’s Chief of Staff Bill Daley and outgoing Chicago Mayor Richie Daley.

So you can be sure the any inquiry into the case will be handled the Chicago Way.

"Some witnesses now suggest that the versions of events attributed to the CPD (Chicago Police Department) reports from 2004 were not accurate," Alvarez wrote regretfully to the interim Director of the Illinois State Police, according to Chicago’s NBC news affiliate.

You could almost hear her pen audibly sigh in disgust that any one would even question the police investigation.   

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Alvarez, you see, doesn’t think the police did anything wrong. But she became Cook County State’s Attorney- a post Richie Daley once held- by doing things, the Chicago Way.  

Earlier this week I detailed the brawl:

On April 25, 2004, Vanecko, who stands 6-foot-3 inches, got into an altercation with David Koschman- all 5-foot-5, 140 lbs of him- outside a Rush Street night club. A punch was thrown by one of three men in Vanecko’s group. By the process of elimination and simple deduction, the punch was possibly thrown by Vanecko himself. Witnesses say the tallest guy in the group threw the punch, which describes Vanecko. 

NBC 5 Chicago reporter Carol Marin and the Chicago Sun Times recently ran a series of investigative articles detailing how the police mishandled the investigation from the start of the case.

Police waited 25 days before conducting a line up. While police say no one identified Vanecko then, at least one witness says that’s not so. “David Koschman's friend, Scott Allen was not only an eyewitness,” writes Chicago Now “but he also claims that he picked RJ Vanecko out of a police lineup.”

The police then changed their story saying that Koschman was the aggressor and Vanecko acted in self-defense. 

Later, police claimed that they “lost” the file, so the case couldn’t be reviewed.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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