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Editorial: Justice comes with price tag

Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb.  |  Sun-Times file photo

Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb. | Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: May 22, 2013 6:47AM



What’s the price of public corruption?

So far, $1 million.

That’s the bill special prosecutor Dan Webb submitted last week for his law firm’s investigation into the 2004 death of David Koschman, a probe that has resulted in a manslaughter charge — eight years later — against a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Webb continues to investigate if and why police and prosecutors way back then failed to pursue the case. The obvious suspicion is clout — Daley’s nephew had it.

Webb says he and his firm will no longer bill the taxpayers, and that’s nice of them, but it shouldn’t be allowed to set a precedent. Public corruption cases demand the greatest scrutiny by our best attorneys at any price.

A cleaner criminal justice system doesn’t come cheap.

Not in Chicago, anyway.



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