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The Death of David Koschman - Report of the Special Prosecutor

The Death of David Koschman - Report of the Special Prosecutor

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Published by Craig Newman
A detailed look at the investigation into the death of David Koschman at the hands of R.J. Vanecko – a nephew of then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
A detailed look at the investigation into the death of David Koschman at the hands of R.J. Vanecko – a nephew of then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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Published by: Craig Newman on Feb 04, 2014
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Winston & Strawn, LLP September 18, 2013
The Death of David Koschman Report of the Special Prosecutor Dan K. Webb
 
 
Note To The Reader
On September 18, 2013, this Report was submitted to the Honorable Michael P. Toomin and was placed under temporary seal by the Court until the case of
 People v. Vanecko
 concluded. On January 31, 2014, Mr. Vanecko waived his trial rights and pled guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of David Koschman. Thereafter, the Special Prosecutor moved the Court to lift the temporary seal of the Report, and on February 3, 2014, the Court granted the Spe
cial Prosecutor’s motion.
 The Report was publicly released on February 4, 2014.
 
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I. Mandate of the Special Prosecutor ......................................................................................1 II. Summary of Final Conclusions of the Special Prosecutor’s Investigation ..........................2 A. Issue One: Whether Criminal Charges Should be Brought Against Any Person in Connection with Koschman’s Homicide .................................................2 B. Issue Two: Whether, From 2004 to the Present, Employees of the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Acted Intentionally to Suppress and Conceal Evidence, Furnish False Evidence, and Generally Impede the Investigation Into Koschman’s Death ...........................2 1. Applicable State Law Crimes ......................................................................2 2. Burden of Proof............................................................................................3 3. Background on the Law of Criminal Intent (Scienter) ................................4 C. The Events of 2004: Evaluating Whether Employees of CPD and SAO Violated Illinois Criminal Law ................................................................................5 1. Prosecution is Barred by the Applicable Statute of Limitations ..................5 D. The Events of 2011-2012: Evaluating Whether Employees of CPD and SAO Violated Illinois Criminal Law .......................................................................5 1. The Events of 2011-2012: Prosecution Is Not Barred by the Applicable Statute of Limitations ................................................................5 2. The Events of 2011-2012: Insufficient Evidence to Prove Beyond a Reasonable Doubt the Element of Criminal Intent (Scienter) .....................5 E. Evidence Supporting the Decision to Appoint a Special Prosecutor .......................6 III. Overview of the Special Prosecutor’s Investigation ............................................................6 IV. Detailed Discussion of the Evidence ...................................................................................9 A. Overview of the 2004 Incident on Division Street ..................................................9 B. The 2004 CPD Investigation of the Incident .........................................................13 1. Early Morning Hours of April 25, 2004 ....................................................13 2. The Area 3 Investigation ............................................................................17

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