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Anita Alvarez: Appeals court shouldn't revive Koschman mom's suit

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. AP file photo

City Hall has settled its part of the David Koschman case for $250,000, but Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is continuing to fight a lawsuit filed by Koschman’s mother accusing law-enforcement authorities of conspiring to keep a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley from being charged in her son’s death.

Attorneys for Alvarez, her chief of staff Dan Kirk, former State’s Attorney Richard Devine and Darren O’Brien — the former prosecutor who decided there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko in 2004 — filed court papers Friday opposing Nanci Koschman’s efforts to have her case reinstated by the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

“No matter how appalling some of the conduct of some of the other actors may be, Darren O’Brien does not deserve to be enmeshed in this fight,” O’Brien’s attorney, Craig Tobin, said in a court motion Friday.