New judge appointed in Vanecko case

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There is finally a new judge in the manslaughter case against former Mayor Daley’s nephew.

McHenry County Judge Maureen Mcintyre has officially taken over the case of Richard Vanecko, after the original Cook County judge stepped aside because of connections to Mayor Daley.

Vanecko appeared in a court Friday, but did not speak. According to the Chicago Tribune, Special prosecutor Dan Webb’s team disclosed that it has turned over some 17,000 documents – more than 200,000 pages of material – to Vanecko’s lawyers.

Vanecko is accused of killing David Koschman, 21, of Mount Prospect, during a drunken brawl on the city’s near north side in 2004.  Koschman had been drinking when he and friends fought with a group that included Vanecko. During the altercation, Koschman was knocked to the street, hitting the back of his head on the pavement. He died 11 days later.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 14

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