FLASHBACK: That Time Hillary Defended This Child Rapist
Every person accused of a crime is entitled to a defense – it’s the American way.
Even when the crime is particularly heinous and the facts point to indisputable guilt, attorneys know they are obligated to defend their client to the fullest extent.
Hillary Rodham, six months away from becoming Mrs. Bill Clinton, was no different – she knew she owed her client, a 41-year-old drifter accused of raping a 12-year-old child, a defense.
And while no one can fault the young lawyer for pointing out evidentiary irregularities that led to a plea bargain and a 12-month sentence in the county jail for her client instead of 30-years to life, her laughter as she describes getting the child rapist “off” is chilling.
Clinton recalled her work defending Thomas Alfred Taylor in recorded interviews dating from 1983 to 1987, which are archived at the University of Arkansas, providing a disturbing picture of a Hillary Clinton starkly at odds with the image she promotes as a longtime advocate of women and children.
There was no dispute that the rape had occurred or that evidence and witnesses tied Clinton’s client to the crime, nor any justification for the shoddy lab work that destroyed key evidence before trial.
But what is stunningly evident in the recordings, is the early example of Clinton using the same techniques against a 12-year-old rape victim to protect her sexual predator as those she employed to destroy the reputations of women who had sexual relations, whether consensual or forced, with her husband.
Just as attorney Clinton claimed that the young rape victim was “emotionally unstable” and had a “tendency to engage in fantasizing,” she called Monica Lewinsky, the 22-year-old intern her husband lied about having an affair with in the Oval Office, a “narcissistic loony tune.”
Clinton formed the so-called “bimbo eruptions unit” to deal with the political fallout from Mr. Clinton’s extramarital involvements with Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and many others when he was governor of Arkansas and then President.
Mrs. Clinton, the presumed Democrat nominee for the presidency, was suspended from the Arkansas in March of 2002 for failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements.