As the 2016 election cycle approaches, an increase in partisan rhetoric will predictably lead to widespread criticism of frontrunners in either party. For expected Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, however, the most effective method of offense might just be using her own comments against her.
After a series of myopic interview responses, a video surfaced this week revealing an introspective look at her legal career. Reportedly recorded about 30 years ago, audio of a conversation between Clinton and author Roy Reed focuses on the former’s defense of a suspected child rapist. Instead of suggesting her client was innocent of the horrific charges against him, Clinton instead celebrated and joked about his successful plea bargain.
Reports indicate Clinton served as a court-appointed attorney during the 1975 trial.
“It was a fascinating case,” she explained. “It was a really interesting case. This guy was accused of raping a 12-year-old who was the daughter of the family he was living with in Springdale – the other side of the tracks in Springdale.”
She stated in no uncertain terms that she believed her client was guilty.
“He took a lie detector test! I had him take a polygraph, which he passed,” she continued, “which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
She burst into laughter at the prospect of a child rapist beating the system.
Clinton then detailed the evidence against the defendant, noting “the prosecutors had evidence, among which was his underwear … which was bloody.”
She explained that the crime lab cut the blood stain out of the garment, tested it, and returned the remainder.
“I said, ‘What kind of evidence is that?’ You know, a piece of underpants with a hole in it,” she said.
She then recalled securing the support of a Nobel Prize-winning blood expert to help make her case.
“And he had taken a real interest in forensics work,” she noted; “and so he would analyze blood stains if he got interested in the case. And so, sort of the story through the grapevine was if you get him interested in the case, you know, you had the foremost expert in the world willing to testify so that it came out the way you wanted it to come out.”
In the end, she confirmed, her client received virtually no punishment for the violent crime.
“Oh, he plea bargained! Got him off with time served in county jail,” she said. “He’d been in the county jail about two months.”