Maryville Rape Case Gets Special Prosecutor

The controversial alleged Missouri rape case against a then 17-year-old football player has been reopened and reassigned to Kansas City prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker. The special prosecutor appointment occurred after the Kansas City Star published a major story on the case that was dismissed in 2012.

Original prosecutor Robert Rice cited lack of witness cooperation and the then 14-year-old girl's refusal to answer certain questions by pleading her 5th Amendment rights, claims that have since been disputed by the victim's mother. Activist group Anonymous began a campaign to reopen the case by targeting Rice and other local officials, tweeting Rice's office phone number to a million or more followers and also targeting the suspect and his family.

Baker said she plans on re-examining the case closely and has said, "I can assure you politics, connections … will not play a role in [reviewing] this case," and that her special victims unit will be handling the review.

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