Erin Burnett of CNN spoke with Sheriff Darren White about the Maryville rape case that has taken the nation by storm. Coast to coast, concerned citizens are demanding that another look be taken at this case. Anonymous’ involvement has further helped to spur along calls for blood, both literal and figurative.
Burnett kicked things off by remarking on the Lieutenant Governor’s calls for a grand jury investigation.
“Well my initial reaction is that the Lieutenant Governor has chosen to simply also get involved in the hype ad the social media because at no time has the Lieutenant Governor’s office made any request to see any actual reports from the Nodoway County Sheriff’s office. I know that the prosecuting attorney has not been contacted by his office either.”
Sheriff White’s whose beady eyes darted back and forth apprehensively like a child who was caught in the act of washing mommy’s favorite sweater in the toilet, addressed the claim:
“I would welcome someone from the outside coming in and taking a look at this case. There’s no doubt in my mind that everyone would be vindicated from all of these outrageous accusations that have been made by people. I can only say that the Sheriff’s Office handled this case flawlessly.”
That’s right: Sheriff White expects us to believe that a department that had multiple witnesses, a confession, pictures, and a video (that allegedly was not found), is entirely blameless in the failure to secure a conviction of a well-connected grandson of a politician who also happens to be a pretty good football player in a football-obsessed town.
Burnett contested the claim that matters were in any way handled “flawlessly.”
“But let me ask you: when you say ‘flawlessly,’ the police report, which I have here says there was an i-Phone video of Matt Barnett and Daisy kissing with their pants down, and Melinda (Daisy’s mother) asked you about that during a call which she recorded. And I wanted to play that for you…”
White’s eyes widened noticeably as Erin played the audio of the call:
Melinda: “As far as the cell phone–the video’s not retrievable. You guys couldn’t get anything out of that at all?“
White: “No. Nothing at all.“
Erin asked Sheriff White to confirm that it was him in the audio. His response: “Well, it sounded like me, so yeah–I would say that that was me.”
Erin pointed out that in a report from the Sheriff’s office, an iPhone was examined– text messages, images, videos, call history, and contacts were all retrieved and saved to a CD — and she is just trying to understand where the video went. She asked if they still had the data that was retrieved.
White, amping up the “um“s and “ah“s, purports that he never actually saw anything off of the iPhone, seemingly attempting to shirk the blame on to the forensic lab to which they send electronics for analysis. White claims that the report came back that “no video of that nature was found.”
While he is obviously being deceptive, only time will tell to what extent. Perhaps outside agencies should revisit this case. Something needs to happen to counteract this gargantuan miscarriage of justice. At some point, the public outcry will reach the tipping point that forces their hand. At some point, if we as a nation pursue this, something will be done.
I urge everyone to contact the prosecutor to demand justice: (660) 582-7717.
So far, he is rather unapologetic. You can also visit Justice for Daisy Coleman for more information and ways to help bring awareness to this atrocity of justice.
Watch what happened below: