Judge recused in ex-Chicago mayor's nephew trial

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's chief judge is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to appoint a judge from outside the county to preside over the involuntary manslaughter case of a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

In a news release Monday, the circuit court says Judge Timothy Evans wrote that he was making the move to avoid any "appearance of impropriety" in what is a politically charged case.

Earlier Monday, a Cook County judge with ties to Daley recused himself for the same reason.

Richard Vanecko is charged in the 2004 death of David Koschman, who died after he hit his head on the ground during a fight with Vanecko.

Vanecko was indicted by a grand jury that is also investigating whether authorities covered up or impeded the police investigation.

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