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#Justice4daisy Daisy Coleman Suspect Not Charged With Sexual Assault

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Matthew Barnett and his friend Jordan Zech allegedly gave Daisy Coleman (age 14)  and Paige Parkhurst (age 13) alcohol and raped them  in his home then dumped Daisy on her front lawn in the freezing cold in January of 2012. Daisy and her mom went to the police, but for what people believe is political pressure from Matt’s well-connected family, the charges were dropped. The prosecutor of Nodaway County claims Daisy and her mom refused to cooperate with the investigation and they were “going to take the 5th.” Melinda Coleman calls this a lie.

In October, Daisy and her mom went to the media and told her story. It started with The Kansas City Star and quickly spread everywhere. (Paige and her mom went to the media a few days later) International media camped out in the small town of Maryville. The Nodaway County Prosecutor, Robert Rice, announced in a press conference an independent party has been asked to re-investigate this case. The same week there was a big rally in Maryville demanding justice for these two young victims.

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Accused Teen Rapists Mom: “He’s Having Some Major Issues” #opmaryville #justice4daisy

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The mother of an ex-football player accused of raping a teen in a case that’s attracted international attention said her son is being “assassinated.”

Matthew Barnett, now 19, was charged in January 2012 in connection with the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, but the prosecuting attorney later dropped felony charges against him and a 17-year-old friend, Jordan Zech, who was accused of recording the encounter on cell phone video.

Barnett’s parents told The Daily Mail their son had been harassed at the University of Missouri after the hacktivist group Anonymous had revealed his name and posted his photo online as it pressured local authorities to reopen the investigation.

“He’s having some major issues,” said Shirley Barnett, a teacher. “Is Matthew OK? How can you go through this and be OK? You can’t go through this experience and be OK. You can’t have your picture plastered all over the world news and be portrayed as something when you know in your heart what happened and be OK. How can anybody in our family be OK over this?”

Nodaway Prosecutor Robert Rice agreed Thursday to ask a judge to appoint a special prosecutor in the case after Missouri’s lieutenant governor and House Speaker got involved.

Rice defended his decision to drop the charges, saying Coleman and a 13-year-old friend who said she was raped by a 15-year-old boy declined to testify.

But Coleman’s mother said Rice pressured her daughter into invoking her Fifth Amendment rights not to testify.

Barnett’s mother said the media had chosen sides in the case after Coleman and her mother came forward to discuss it in a Kansas City Star report published Sunday.

“This whole thing is one-sided because that is the way they have chosen it to be,” Shirley Barnett said.

Coleman admits that she and a friend had been drinking the night of Jan. 8, 2012, before meeting up with Barnett, Zech and a juvenile, with whom they continued drinking until she blacked out.

And investigators said Barnett admitted to having sex with the girl, although he said the act was consensual.

Coleman was found the following morning partially clothed on the front lawn of her family’s home in freezing cold weather.

Rice said the cell phone video of the encounter was deleted and could not be retrieved by crime lab investigators, and he said the most serious charges were dropped because his office didn’t have enough evidence to convict without the girls’ testimony.

Shirley Barnett claimed there was information that would prove her son’s version of events, but she declined to be specific.

“The more you dig, you will get closer to the truth,” she said. “It is not on the surface, you’re going to have to dig for it, unfortunately, we can’t help with that because that is not our personality.”

Shirley Barnett said her son and others from Maryville had been threatened online and required protection.

“I am here to talk about the people of this town that have been threatened, that do not feel safe to come to their jobs, they don’t feel safe to go to school, there’s campuses across the state where students are having to be walked to class and having to be escorted because of their safety,” Shirley Barnett said. “That needs to stop. It’s not fair to those people. They have no relationship whatsoever to this case; they have no knowledge of the case, but because they’re from a small town, they’re being threatened, and that needs to stop.”

Coleman also claimed she was threatened after the boys were charged, and the harassment continued even after the felony charges were dropped.

Her mother said some girls started an online campaign urging the teen to take her own life.

Coleman’s family eventually moved from Maryville, and their house burned to the ground due to undetermined causes while they tried to sell it.

Watch this video interview with Shirley Barnett posted on The Herald Sun:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/mother-and-father-of-matthew-barnett-lash-out-over-maryville-rape-claims-against-daisy-paige/story-fni0xs61-1226742203542

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/18/accused-teen-rapists-mom-says-son-threatened-hes-having-some-major-issues/

 

#OpMaryville #Anonymous Press Release

Alleged rape victims speak to CNN

#OpMaryville — For Immediate Release

Greetings, World.

We are Anonymous.

Over the past few days we have witnessed the internet unite around a single cause, justice for Daisy Coleman, her friend Paige, and their families. Netizens from around the world have come together, not only to defend victims of rape, but to attack a system that has continuously failed to punish rapists for their crimes. We have been horrified to discover the extent to which police and state officials are willing to go to protect themselves, and their allies, at the expense of these victim’s honor.

– First, we address Maryville’s Sheriff Darren White:

Dear Sheriff, what could we possibly have done to offend you? It was obvious to us at the onset of our campaign that your role in this travesty of justice was minimal. You’re just a small town guy, with no where near the authority required to effectively cover up the rape of a 14-year-old girl. We know you couldn’t if you tried. There are important people that need to be held accountable for this, not you.

Also, please don’t patronize us for being economically challenged. Our parents are decent, hardworking folk. They weren’t really using the basement anyway, except to store this old ping-pong table and it’s not in the way or anything. So, if we have to stay down here for a while with a bunch of rusty old tools and 30-year-old stacks of Playboy magazines (don’t tell mom) until we can get back on our feet, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Since you brought it up, if for instance one wanted to, saaaay… apply for a job with the Maryville Sheriff’s Department, how would one go about doing that?

Thanks for reaching out.

P.S. I’m sorry we haven’t broken any laws. We know that would really help you out of this.

– Next, we’d like to address prosecutor Robert Rice:

Bob, can we call you Bob? Bob, we had a statement prepared earlier. And frankly, we wish we could hand that document over to you, but unfortunately, those records have been closed. Really sorry about that. I guess we’ll just have to continue to speculate about our intentions.

In spite of how brutal and gruesome the sexual assault of a 13 and 14-year-old girl really is, let’s take some time away from focusing on that aspect of this case and discuss how truly awful this entire ordeal has been for you. We understand that you have high expectations for your career and your reputation is very important to you. We just want to apologize, you know, in spite of this whole rape thing, if you feel some sort of… umm, injustice has taken place here. At any rate, you’ve clearly gone through a traumatic event and if you want to take some time off, perhaps a term or two, we’d totally understand.

Just to clarify one thing… did you just tell the press that in order for a sexual assault to occur the victim needs to prove it? Damn. Maybe you and Guy of Gisborne can take a fishing trip together. The Sheriff should have some free time coming up anyway, you know, with rape victims now being responsible for investigating the crimes against them.

– To Attorney General Chris Koster:

It must have been so disappointed for you, having become Attorney General of an entire state, to find your position so limiting. Truly, if there is any injustice here, it’s that your hands are tied. You’re the ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MISSOURI and you have no ability to exercise influence over the actions of a small-town prosecutor in your state? That’s astonishing, almost completely unbelievable. And it’s unfair, really, when you think about it. In some other circumstance, a person in your position could cowardly hide behind one law, while refusing to enforce another, the laws against raping 14-year-olds, for instance. Ironic, really. We hope one day you have the power you need to actually do you job.

To the people of the Internet:

We are not conducting this operation, you are. It is you who will find justice for the real innocents in Maryville. Please continue to support the actual victims of unspeakable crimes. Don’t let a knuckle-dragging cop, an unscrupulous attorney, or a some spineless state official provoke you into losing control or forgetting why you started fighting back in the first place. These people reek of fear. Daisy and Paige are winning. We love you. Don’t back down.

That’s all for now.

We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect Us.

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anonymous_0

 

 

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Robert Rice held a press conference in the last hour announcing he’s asking for a special prosecutor to look over the case and look into re-filing charges against the 2 boys. 

Here’s the press conference-

 http://themissouritorch.com/2013/10/16/breaking-nodaway-county-prosecuting-attorney-bob-rice-hold-press-conference-5-pm-livestreaming/

Request The Missouri Attorney General Get Involved #opmaryville #justice4daisy

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To:
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General

attorney.general@ago.mo.gov

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Investigate actions of Robert Rice, Sheriff Darrin White, and evidence used

17 year old Matthew Barnett was charged with sexual assault against a 14 year old girl, and 17 year old Jordan Zech was charged with felony sexual exploitation of a minor for filming the assault of 14 year old Daisy Coleman, as well as another assault that occurred at the same time where a 15 year old assaulted a 13 year old girl, the filming occurred with a cell phone.

The assaults occurred January 8, 2012. On March 13, 2012, felony charges against Barnett and Zech were dropped. Barnett only faced a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment.

Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice was interviewed by St. Joseph based TV station on March 14, 2012.

“We did have all the medical, and all the information where we could make a decision based on the evidence, and I am absolutely convinced it was the right call to do, and it was the right decision to dismiss it,” he says.

However, the rape kits performed on both the girls hadn’t even come back yet for investigators to see. There was video evidence, also the 15 year old boy plead guilty, confession to his part of the assaults, as well as possibly details pertaining to what Barnett and Zech did.

Matthew Barnett is also in a very influential family in Maryville. His grandfather is (former) Missouri Representative Rex Barnett, and Rex served on at least one committee with Sheriff Darrin White.

The conduct of Robert Rice and Darrin White is at the very least, questionable in this case. These assaults occurred in the Barnett home, while family slept upstairs, yet the charges were dropped before the rape kits even came back. The girls have been taunted, and cyber-bullied, the Coleman family had to leave town. Has the Barnett influence reached Rice and White?

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Sincerely,
[Your name]

Some words were changed but most of this letter came from http://www.change.org/petitions/missouri-attorney-general-investigate-robert-rice-sheriff-darrin-white-and-evidence-used

 

Twitterstorm for #OpMaryville #Justice4Daisy

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Raise Awareness in social media put pressure on Attorney General Chris Koster to launch an investigation into the lack of charges against Matthew Barnett (despite a confession and evidence of his guilt), and promote that on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 10:00am we will meet at the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Missouri with daisies in our hands for a peaceful protest in support of Daisy Coleman.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5PM EST / 2PM PST

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PRESS RELEASE AND FUTURE PROTESTS:
OpMaryville Launched:  http://pastebin.com/3rq0ZSrY
OpMaryville video format:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCrZSPw7Uc
Oct 22nd demonstration in Maryville: http://pastebin.com/W9ycQUkB
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10/22/13, 10:00am, we will meet at Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Missouri w/daisies in our hands  #Maryville

Join the #Maryville protest on Oct. 22 in support of Daisy Coleman. Read more: http://pastebin.com/W9ycQUkB

We demand you immediate investigation into lack of charges against Barnett, despite confession/evidence. @Koster4Missouri #Maryville

Are you going to sit idly while apparent political corruption fails these two girls? @Koster4Missouri #Maryville

Rex serves on at least one committee with Sheriff Darrin White. Just an interesting tidbit… @Koster4Missouri #Maryville

Contact Attorney General Chris Koster and voice your concerns of a coverup. Phone: 573-751-3321 Fax: 573-751-0774 #Maryville

“They just need to get over it” according to Sheriff.  http://www.mosheriffs.com/view_county.php?name=Nodaway Darren White – 660-582-7451 Fax:  660-582-8558  #Maryville

Attorney Gen @Koster4Missouri, please investigate Robert Rice’s mishandling rapes of minors/his connection to Rex Barnett #Maryville

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCrZSPw7Uc #Maryville

TL of events #Maryville http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/family-claims-they-were-driven-out-of-town-after-their-daugh

Why was a suspect, who confessed to a crime, with video, released with no charges? ask Robert Rice (660) 582-8285 #Maryville

Contact attorney.general@ago.mo.gov to demand investigation of prosecutor Rice, Sheriff Rice & their involvement w/Rex Barnett #Maryville

“It was the right decision to dismiss it” Prosecuter Rice- BEFORE rape kits came back. Demand answers. Office # (660) 582-8285 #Maryville

Where are the rape kits? Charges were dropped before they came back, despite video evidence. Demand they reopen this case! #Maryville

Check out the reviews on the restaurant the “alleged” rapist works at: http://m.yelp.com/biz/a-g-restaurant-maryville #Maryville

Hacktivist group Anonymous launches #Maryville after dropped rape case: http://alj.am/GXYObD  via @AJAMStream

After the rape charges were mysteriously dropped, friends of the boys celebrated on twitter using hashtag #jordanandmattarefree #Maryville

Girls raped, one on video, charges dropped before rape kits came back. Did I mention Matt’s grandfather is a State Rep? #Maryville

The 13 year old said NO.  More than once.  A third boy (aged 17) filmed everything on his cell phone. #Maryville

Barnett & friends dumped Daisy on her porch, passed out, no shoes/socks/coat – 22-degrees out. Wasnt found until hours later. #Maryville

“We did our job, did it well… unfortunate that they are unhappy. I guess they’re just going to have to get over it”-Sherriff #Maryville

Daisy’s mother Melinda, a veterinarian, lost her job as a result of the police report her daughter filed #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhDVwwMD

Mrs Coleman says her sons, Daisy’s brothers, were threatened at school often by boys they counted as friends just weeks earlier #Maryville

Her mom has said she suspects house fire was connected to residents furious over Daisy’s rape report. #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhEmFxaF

Video, exams, confession, & 13yo’s account. BUT Matthew Barnett is grandson of State Rep Rex Barnett. See where this is going? #Maryville

“If her name begins with A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, she wants the D” Recent retweet by Matt Barnett #Maryville

Contact Missouri official Rex Barnett and ask how he feels about his grandson getting off for a rape: http://is.gd/hXYlJ1 #Maryville

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ Matthew Barnett wants the P. (Prison that is) pic.twitter.com/L6XEBMhPoa #Maryville

“w/in 4 hrs, we had a search warrant & executed that. We had all suspects in custody & audio/video confessions.”-Sheriff White #Maryville

14 yo “barely able to stand,” and raped by an older athlete while another athlete videotaped. Her 13 yo friend was also raped. #Maryville

Rape kits were done & sent off. Tears, brusing, & bleeding. 13yo ended up having to go BACK to the ER when bleeding didnt stop. #Maryville

#Maryville #Justice4Daisy article http://www.dailydot.com/news/maryville-daisy-coleman-anonymous/ via @raincoaster

Asked if a crime occurred, Sheriff stated, “Hell yes, it occurred… And did these boys need to be punished for it? Absolutely.” #Maryville

At a dance competition, Melinda Coleman, Daisy’s mother, says, a girl arrived wearing a homemade shirt saying: Matt 1, Daisy 0. #Maryville

14 year old Daisy was subjected to constant cyber-bullying from classmates & even parents after reporting she had been raped #Maryville

Matt Barnett admitted he had sex with the 14 year old, who was so intoxicated she couldn’t stand, while a friend filmed it. #Maryville

How was video/medical evidence not enough to put one of these football players inside a court room, prosecutor @koster4missouri? #Maryville

Rapes must be prosecuted, even if you are Mark Barnett and your grandfather is State Rep Rex Barnett http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/spec01/member01/mem004.htm #Maryville

Maryville turned their backs on these young rape victims, one family forced to flee town. Their house then burned to the ground. #Maryville

Let Robert L Rice, Prosecuting Attorney, (660) 582-8285, know that we DEMAND justice! http://www.nodawaycountymo.com/content/view/30/42/ #Maryville

Does everyone at University of Central Missouri know Matthew Barnett’s story? Lets share it. #Maryville @UCMMULES @UCentralMo

Make sure everyone at University of Central Missouri knows Matthew Barnett’s past. http://www.kansas.com/2013/10/13/3057134/nightmare-in-missouri-town-teens.html #Maryville

Missouri town harasses 14 year old rape victim and her family while accused attacker remains free http://deadstate.org/missouri-town-harrasses-rape-victim-and-her-family-while-accused-attacker-remains-free/ #Maryville

Father of boy who videotaped rape of the 14 year old girl is pissed his son was suspended from school. http://www.coachad.com/pages/Breaking-News—Angry-Father-Reacts-To-Sons-Suspension-By-Posting-Signs-Comparing-School-Board-To-Hitler—4-30-12.php … #Maryville

Matthew Barnetts friends continue to joke about his “fame” even today. Meet @ericBostwick4 pic.twitter.com/aFzO2akW2z #Maryville

The backlash on social media was vitriolic. Classmates said Daisy had been ‘asking for it’ at the party. #Maryville http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2458395/Maryville-family-driven-town-daughter-Daisy-Coleman-14-accused-football-player-rape.html#ixzz2hhG8eJC2

Mrs Coleman said daughter suffered heavily- both from the alleged rape & from online abuse and she tried to kill herself twice. #Maryville

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Prosecutor Making Excuses? #Opmaryville #Justice4daisy

Is Robert Rice, DA of Nodaway County, making excuses on why the Daisy Coleman rape case wasn’t prosecuted?

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I’m sure he’s feeling the heat now that every media outlet is calling his office.

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