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Rape Case Against Politician’s Grandson Dropped Despite So Much Evidence, It’s Ridiculous
It is the strange and nightmarish case in the Missouri town of Maryville. After the rape, then-14-yea- old Daisy Coleman was dumped on her front lawn without shoes in below freezing weather, drunk and assaulted. Her hair was frozen and she was incoherent when her mom answered the door. Her assailants confessed to police over their role – part of the act in question was even caught on video tape – but the accused football star Matthew Barnett, then a high school senior from a prominent Maryville family, would not be prosecuted. Instead, Coleman was literally blamed for being a victim, her mother was persecuted and fired from her job at a veterinary clinic, and their house was literally burned down.
It seems Barnett’s grandfather is an important and well-known politician in the Maryville area, Rex Barnett, a former member of the House of Representatives in Missouri‘s state government on committees in charge of funding for many parts of the criminal justice system, a long-time member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a prominent Mason.