Demand Justice for Daisy

To: Judge Roger Prokes, Presiding Judge in Missouri’s 4th Circuit

Because of CREDO activists like you in Missouri and around the country, our demands to re-open Daisy Coleman's case were heard loud and clear. On October 21, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was named by a Missouri circuit court judge as the special prosecutor to re-open Daisy's case. Prosecutor Peters Baker has an excellent reputation and has long stood up for victims of domestic and sexual assault. Because you used your voice, Daisy Coleman will finally receive justice which she and her family so deserve.

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Daisy Coleman deserves to have her case re-opened swiftly. Immediately appoint a special prosecutor as requested by county prosecutor Robert Rice and ask that Nodaway County law enforcement officials fully cooperate with the special prosecutor's investigation and not stand in the way of justice.

Why is this important?

In January 2012 young Daisy Coleman was sexually assaulted and left unconscious overnight on her Maryville, Missouri front yard in freezing temperatures. A few months later, charges against her accused attacker -- a high school football player whose family is very well connected -- were dropped under suspicious circumstances. As a Missouri State Representative, I'm appalled by how this case was handled.

As an explosive investigative piece published recently by Kansas City Star reporter Dugan Arnett explains, "A high school senior had sex with Coleman’s 14-year-old daughter, another boy did the same with her daughter’s 13-year-old friend, and a third student video-recorded one of the bedding scenes. Interviews and evidence initially supported the felony and misdemeanor charges that followed."

Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White explained to the media that a "strong case" was presented to prosecutors that a then 17-year-old football star, from a prominent local family, raped Coleman's daughter. But two months later the prosecutor dropped all charges. That's when the harassment of the Coleman family became so severe they were forced to leave town.

After a national outcry following the publication of the Kansas City Star article, Nodaway County prosecuting attorney Robert Rice relented to public pressure on October 16 and asked 4th Circuit Judge Roger Prokes to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the case.

Now we need to make sure that Judge Prokes follows through swiftly with the prosecutor's request, and works to ensure that local law enforcement officials in Nodaway County fully cooperate with the investigation and stop standing in the way of justice. Please help "Demand Justice for Daisy".

Read more in the Kansas City Star:
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/12/4549775/nightmare-in-maryville-teens-sexual.html
http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/16/4557176/nodaway-county-prosecutor-asks.html

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