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By calling into question the girl's emotional stability and citing her tendency as a twelve-year old to fantasize about older men, this attorney was able to reduce her defendant's charge as well as reduce the sentence from 30 years to 1 year of time served.
The accused's court-appointed attorney stated, "I asked to be relieved of that responsibility, but I was not. And I had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did."
In 1975, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41 year old who lured a young girl into a truck with two other males who, after plying her with whiskey and Coke, allegedly molested the girl. One of the other males in the truck was a fifteen year old with whom the young girl was infatuated and possibly the reason she went with the men.
In this chilling tape, Ms. Rodham, who married Bill Clinton that year, defended her client, the accused, by questioning the validity of the evidence and the temperament of the victim. A pair of stained men's underwear, which had been analyzed by the crime lab, was returned to the court with holes where a portion of the garment was removed for forensic testing. At that point in time, DNA testing was non-existent, but the bloody section of the underwear had been cut out for analysis of the RH factor.
Young Ms. Rodham was able to convince the court that the evidence was of no use due to its missing portion which was subsequently discarded after testing.
Her recount of the experience is chilling in this recording where she tells journalist Roy Reed in the 1980s about what is called the most significant case of her career as a lawyer.
"But in the recording, Clinton indicated she believed her client was indeed guilty. Heard laughing, she said the polygraph test he managed to pass "forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs."
"Clinton can also be heard laughing at several points when discussing the crime lab’s accidental destruction of DNA evidence that tied Taylor to the crime." 2
The accused avoided a possible 30 year jail sentence, instead, was charged with and received punishment for the lesser charge of fondling a minor, was given a five year sentence, four years of which were eliminated. He was freed after serving under one year in county jail.
This defender of Women's rights is right. She did her job - which was defend her client - at the expense of the victim, by suggesting the child needed to see a psychiatrist for her emotional instability leading to the event. Of course, it was the victim's fault.
That sounds about right for a criminal attorney. Winning is, after all, the key objective.
Transcript - State of Arkansas V. Thomas Alfred Taylor
CBS News Report - July 8, 2014, Lindsey Boerma