• Kicking off the story . . .

Thumbing through the Sun-Times‘s properly massive coverage Tuesday of the indictment of Richard Vanecko, I was surprised to discover that the paper wrote its first article disinterring the death of David Koschman as recently as February 28, 2011. If you’d asked me to guess, I’d have said about two years earlier.

Vanecko, a nephew of former mayor Richard M. Daley, now stands formally accused of causing Koschman’s death by flattening him with a punch that ended (Koschman, five foot five, 125 pounds, fell; Venecko, six foot three, 230 pounds, made tracks) a drunken confrontation along Division Street near Dearborn early one April morning in 2004. Because it took a special prosecutor, Dan Webb, to bring the charge, the Chicago Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office stand less formally but just as clearly accused of kowtowing to political influence and dereliction of duty.