- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The mother of a man who died following a punch thrown by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew has appealed a judge’s ruling tossing out her civil-rights lawsuit against Chicago’s police department and several officials.

Attorneys for Nanci Koschman filed a one-page notice of appeal Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported (https://bit.ly/1uji6Oq ). The filing did not give any details on the legal basis for an appeal.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer ruled the statute of limitations had expired on the federal suit brought by Koschman, whose 21-year-old son, David, died in 2004. At the time, the judge criticized the defendants, saying they didn’t “cover themselves in glory” in the case.

Daley’s nephew, Richard J. Vanecko, punched the man after an argument on a Chicago street. Koschman fell, struck his head and later died.

A series of Sun-Times stories on the death raised questions about whether justice was distorted in deference to Daley’s family. Vanecko pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Koschman’s death earlier this year. He served 60 days in jail.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, https://www.suntimes.com/index

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