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Jesse Jackson Jr. defense lawyer leads charges against nephew of ex-Chicago Mayor Daley

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To say Dan K. Webb wears multiple hats is putting it mildly.

Webb is on a team that represents Jesse Jackson Jr., who just resigned from Congress amid a federal investigation.

He's also a special prosecutor.

And today the investigation he led (aided by the incredible reporting by Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin) ended up bringing a politically explosive indictment against a family member of the powerful Daley dynasty.

Here's our story:

Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko -- a grandson of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley and nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley -- has been indicted on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, accused of throwing the punch that led to the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mount Prospect.

And others could still face charges. The grand jury that returned Monday's indictment is continuing to look into whether criminal charges should be filed regarding the handling of the Koschman case by police and prosecutors.

The Chicago Police Department and the Cook County state's attorney's office -- first under Richard Devine, then under current top prosecutor Anita Alvarez -- had declined to charge Vanecko while his uncle was mayor.

But a Chicago Sun-Times investigation prompted Cook County Circuit Judge Michael P. Toomin to reopen the politically explosive case and appoint former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb as special prosecutor to lead the new investigation.

Vanecko, 38, who has been living in California, will be required to turn himself in and appear in court for arraignment later this month.

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