From Kass’s column (link below). Chicagoans owed a lot of explaining on how this got stalled for eight years. Hurrah for Judge Toomin.
It won’t be an easy trial, if there is a trial instead of a plea deal. A trial would let the city in on what was done and what wasn’t done, in those 11 days that Koschman was on life support.
What we’d all like to know is what happened, really, in those 11 days. Were the cops merely indifferent or were they worried about City Hall? Were the prosecutors worried as well? And why could Webb do what two other prosecutors couldn’t do?
“This is not a whodunit. We know who did it," Judge Michael Toomin said in April, when he appointed Webb as special prosecutor. "We have a known offender and yet no charges."
We’ve put out calls to former Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine, and another to current State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, to ask them whether Webb’s investigation compromises their office. If they respond, I’ll tell you in the paper on Tuesday. If they don’t, I’ll tell you that, too.