As we previously reported, the Marysville rape case has infuriated the nation. Daisy Coleman, along with a friend, sneaked out to a party where they were plied with alcohol until neither could stand and both lacked any semblance of coherence. The girls blacked out, neither remembering much of the night. Roughly an hour after they sneaked out, Daisy was unceremoniously dumped–half dressed–on the front step of her home in 22 degree weather. Her mother found her and, while bathing her, discovered that he genital area and buttocks were red and inflamed–Daisy had 2-4 inch gashes on the inside of her vagina.
The following morning, Matthew Barnett (whose grandfather was a member of the Missouri House) confessed to having sex with her–in front of five witnesses. He admitted that she said no not once–but many times. A friend of Barnett’s also raped her thirteen year old friend. A third teen (17) admitted to recording the events (the video, which was circulated around the school, somehow “disappeared“). Still–we have a confession and a mountain of other evidence. Open and shut, right?
All charges were dropped against Barnett three months later, and his sociopath friend received a slap on the wrist in juvenile court. Claims are made that the Colemans invoked their Fifth Amendment rights, and that there was a lack of evidence, but how much more do we really need than multiple confessions and witnesses?
The town turned on Daisy and her family. After all…FOOTBALL. It probably helped that Barnett was so well-connected, as well. They received nasty tweets and harassing facebook posts. Daisy’s mother was fired from her job at SouthPaws Veterinary Clinic–her employer citing “stresses” of the case.” Daisy lost her spot on the Cheerleading team because of her “role in the night’s events.” Law enforcement somehow formed the opinion that the mother of a girl who was brutally violated against her will and dumped would be anything but “difficult” and “hostile.” The local Sheriff thought that the Colemans should just “get over it.” After all, Sheriff White said, “At least the suspects were smart enough to keep their mouths shut…”
Because of the “mobbing” they faced at the hands of the townsfolk, the Colemans moved. Six months later, their house burned to the ground.
Anonymous has gotten involved as well, promising retribution for the horrid treatment of the Coleman family by the townsfolk, police, and the prosecutor. They demand an investigation into the conduct.
Daisy has said that if the case is reopened, she will cooperate.
Sheriff White claims that they “stonewalled the case all by themselves.” He says that
“They wouldn’t cooperate and then they said they would cooperate. And then they wouldn’t cooperate. And then they went back and forth. I’m guessing, and this is just speculation, but I’m guessing that the prosecutor would be a little gun shy to believe that they would be willing to cooperate at this time.”
Daisy’s mother, however, wonders what would give the impression that they would not cooperate. She says that accusations of their recalcitrance are completely false:
“How do you think we didn’t want to cooperate? We went to get a rape kit done. I wrote a statement, and my daughter gave a statement to the police.”
Claims are made that the Colemans invoked Fifth Amendment rights before a planned May 31 hearing, but Coleman says that they were asked, and refused, to invoke the Fifth Amendment. Charges were dropped before any depositions.
County prosecutor Robert Rice refused to comment and records of closed cases are sealed.
Attorney General Chris Koster says that his office has no authority under state law to reopen the investigation on its own.
Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder called on Koster to demand that a grand jury convene.
House Speaker Tim Jones disputes Koster’s claim that he is prohibited from reopening the case.
It seems it all rests on a seemingly reluctant Attorney General.
Perhaps Anonymous is Daisy’s only hope for justice.