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Murder, the Chicago Way

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Pay no attention to the words behind the constitution, because the constitution right now is just a bumper sticker anyway. 

Whether passing Obamacare, or taking us to war against Libya, the Obama administration never calculates whether their actions are legal, but only if they can get away with them.

That’s the Chicago Way.

Obama, the One, brought the Way with him to DC courtesy David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley.

(Also see: B.O. Fails Smell Test)

The important thing with the Chicago Way is to “coexist,” make things work and not worry about little things like rights and wrongs. With the Chicago Way, justice tends to be deaf, dumb and blind.

That’s why it should surprise no one that a nephew of Obama’s chief of staff, Bill Daley and Chicago Mayor, Richie Daley, could be about to get away with murder; actually, manslaughter, to be technically correct.

On April 25, 2004, R.J. Vanecko, a Daley nephew, 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.  

Koschman was drunk, as were all the participants, and toppled backward into the street from the force of the punch. He struck his head and suffered brain injuries that killed him days later.  

It’s not the first time that Vanecko has brawled either.

1992, Vanecko and the mayor’s son Patrick Daley “pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges stemming from a brawl at the mayor’s Grand Beach, Mich., second home,” writes the Chicago Sun Times, “at which a teenager was hit in the head with a baseball bat. Vanecko, then a senior in high school, held a shotgun during the beating, court records show.”

Ha, ha, ha. Those Daleys really are high-spirited!

That’s probably why Mayor Daley is such a strong gun control advocate <eye roll>.

I mean, imagine if people besides the Daleys, Obamas, Emanuels and Axelrods were allowed to have guns for their own protection? Law and order might break out.

In the Koschman case, charges were never filed. The police delayed the investigation and obfuscated on the case, say several recent news reports on the handling of the case.

Prosecutors now say the file on the case has “disappeared” so it can’t be reviewed.

"They declined charges [against Vanecko], but they can't find the file?” said Richard Kling, according to Chicago Now. Kling is a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

“I've been doing this for 39 years, literally thousands of cases. I've never seen a felony-review file missing. Ever. Never heard of one. There's certainly some red flags. Like not investigating the case earlier, a missing felony-review file, transferring the case from one area to another and not having lineups until a month later."

They don’t make copies of important files apparently at the Chicago Police Department.

After all, if they did, law and order might break out.

And law and order is a big problem when you’re Transforming America, the Chicago Way.


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