U. S. District Judge Gary Fenner today denied inmate Jerry Don Chrisman's request to have a lawyer appointed for his civil suit against McDonald County prosecutor Walter Geeding.
The ruling came just one day after Fenner approved Chrisman's request to have the taxpayers foot the bill for filing a lawsuit against McDonald County Sheriff Donald Schlessman and deputy Don Ruby.
Chrisman claims the prosecutor has denied him due process and is asking that actions be taken against him. Initially, Circuit Court Judge John LePage was listed as a defendant, but Judge Fenner dismissed the case against LePage. The case was filed Dec. 15 in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Chrisman, 34, is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, Feb. 28, in McDonald County Circuit Court, on four counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child, two counts of child abuse, promoting prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor child, and four counts of statutory rape, three of them, involving children younger than 14, according to court records.
In his other lawsuit, filed earlier this month in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Chrisman claims he has been traumatized by Schlessman and Ruby, both of whom he accuses of keeping him in a cell with no lights, taking their own sweet time about mailing his letters and sharing information from his correspondence with his lawyers with other inmates.
He is asking that Schlessman and Ruby both be fired and that each of them pay him $1 million.