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Attorney on clout: In Chicago, no call required

Richard Vanecko, right, a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, arrives at court in Chicago for his arraignment on involuntary manslaughter charges on Dec. 10, 2012.

Richard Vanecko, right, a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, arrives at court in Chicago for his arraignment on involuntary manslaughter charges on Dec. 10, 2012.

 

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Lawyers for relatives of a man killed in 2004 after being punched by a nephew of then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley says there's no doubt clout played a role in what they described as a shoddy, half-hearted initial investigation.

The attorneys spoke after a special prosecutor's report released Tuesday concluded there's no existing evidence Daley sought to influence the investigation. David Koschman died days after being struck by Daley nephew Richard J. Vanecko.

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But Locke Bowman told reporters strong circumstantial evidence indicates clout was exerted. When a member of the powerful Daley family is involved, he said, police knew to protect him. He added, "In this city ... you don't need a phone call."

Another of the attorneys, Flint Taylor, added the case is an example of "supreme clout."

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