Is Matthew Barnett’s mother to blame for Daisy Coleman’s rape?
Daisy Coleman exclusive: I was taken advantage of, they fed me a ‘bitch cup.’
Slate’s Emily Yoffe advises Daisy Coleman how not to get raped in the future…
Fox News guest, Joseph DiBenedetto blames Daisy Coleman for being raped.
Matthew Barnett’s mother, Shirley Barnett breaks down: ‘My son is the the victim here.’
Daisy Coleman rape case reopened. Matthew Barnett’s mother insists critics shut up.
#OpMaryville: Anonymous releases new message to Missouri cronies.
Matthew Barnett is officially America’s most hated man.
Why did Prosecutor Robert Rice drop the Daisy Coleman case?
Daisy Coleman: The sheriff and prosecutor lied.
Marryville rape victim Paige Parkhurst speaks; ‘No one supported us.’
Who is Matthew Barnett? Daisy Coleman’s rapist lives the good life.
Daisy Coleman rape: Is Anonymous really doing us favors?
Will the Daisy Coleman rape case be re opened?
Prosecutor Robert Rice: ‘ Daisy Coleman changed her story.’
#OpMaryville: Anonymous wants to avenge Daisy Coleman’s rape.
Fourteen year old Daisy Coleman and her family are driven out of town after being raped.
Girl, #slanegirl, who gave blow job at Eminem concert is a slut, boy a hero.
Audrie Pott suicide leads to arrest of three teens. Unspeakable acts.
Rehtaeh Parsons: Will Anonymous release names?
Rehtaeh Parsons: Culture of rape.
High school football stars accused of sexually assaulting 13 year old girl. She’s a ‘whore.’
Steubenville rape case leads to two teenagers arrests for threatening victim.
Steubenville rape verdict finds players guilty. Weep in court.
With intense public scrutiny with the handling of the Daisy Coleman rape case, focus has now shifted to the alleged perpetrator of her rape, Matthew Burnett.
That said, the added attention had not entirely been welcomed, as now Matthew Barnett lawyer, Robert Sundell has publicly felt compelled to come out and defend his client who has gone on to receive the wrath of both hacker group anonymous as well as the media.
The statement follows Matthew Barnett’s mother yesterday also coming out and telling how her son and her family has now come to face harassment and even threats in the face of unflattering depictions of the young man who many believe unabashedly sought to take advantage of Daisy Coleman.
Told Robert Sundell’s release statement in full: On behalf of Matthew Barnett, I have been asked to respond to a recent story in the Kansas City Star published October 13, 2013. On January 8, 2012, Matt was alleged to have sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl. A felony charge of sexual assault was filed January 9, 2012. The allegation was that Matt Barnett had sexual intercourse with somebody that was incapacitated.
Per Missouri statutes, no statutory charges would have been available based on the ages of Matt and the alleged victim. Mr. Barnett cooperated with the investigation and freely admitted to the sexual encounter. While many find Matt Barnett’s behavior reprehensible, the legal issue was whether a crime was committed.
Subsequent investigation and interviews raised substantial doubt about the felony charge, specifically including whether the young lady was incapacitated during the encounter. It should be noted that all of the reports used in the Kansas City Star article were those selectively released by the complainant’s family. Missouri statute §610.105 RSMo. prohibits the release of closed records by law enforcement officials.
While charges were pending, counsel for the defendant sought to take the depositions of the accusers and others. This is a right constitutionally guaranteed to all accused. After being sworn under oath, the accusers and family members refused to answer any questions citing their Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate themselves. Accordingly, without competent evidence and with witnesses unwilling to testify, the State was under a duty to dismiss any prosecution when it became apparent that a conviction was not possible.
The State continued to pursue the misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, the allegation being that Mr. Barnett left a 14 year old in an incapacitated condition outside of her home in freezing weather. Matt and others in the car disputed this claim. In July 2012, counsel for Mr. Barnett again requested depositions of the alleged victim and her mother. This time the complaining witness did testify with numerous inconsistencies and changes to previous statements. When the alleged victim’s mother was questioned about these changes, she freely admitted that her daughter does not always tell the truth, particularly when she is in a stressful situation. Thereafter, the misdemeanor charge was dismissed.
Since a legal conviction was not possible, it appears some would like to try the case in the court of public opinion. The Barnett family has since received numerous threats and would request you respect their privacy.
Comments are closed.