Hillary Clinton got an accused child rapist off – and laughed about it.
A Washington Free Beacon report posted Sunday night unearths decades-old recordings of the potential presidential candidate discussing her career as a public defender in Arkansas.
In one case, she cavalierly talks about how she exploited a literal hole in the prosecution’s evidence to win the release of a man accused of raping a drunk 12-year-old – blowing a different kind of hole in the carefully cultivated image of a tireless defender of women and children’s issues Clinton has built up over the years.
At the time, of course, it was Clinton’s job to defend her clients, regardless of her belief in their guilt or innocence.
“I had [the client] take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” Clinton says on the tapes, laughing.
But the amusement in her voice when she describes an error by the police lab that made potentially damning evidence against her client unusable is chilling.
Investigators had secured the accused rapist’s underwear and sent it for blood testing. The testing appeared to confirm the defendant’s guilt, Clinton said, but the lab returned the underwear with the critical part that was tested missing.
Clinton recounts how she took what remained of the underwear to a renowned forensics expert in New York to have him confirm that the remnants were unsuitable for confirmation testing. She tells the interviewer how she returned to Arkansas with a letter from the expert and a clip of his biography from “Who’s Who.”
“I handed it to [the prosecutor], and I said, ‘Well this guy’s ready to come up from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice,” Clinton says with sarcastic laughter.
“So we were gonna plea bargain.”
Faced an evidentiary disaster, and the prospect of defense testimony by a celebrity witness, the prosecutor caved.
Instead of a hefty prison sentence, the accused rapist got off with time served – which Clinton recalled was about two months in the county jail.
The tapes were made in the mid-1980s, and the rape in question took place in May 1975.
Again, Clinton’s job at the time was defending those accused of crimes who couldn’t afford to pay for their own defense, so she can’t be faulted for the outcome of the case.
But when you hear her voice describing it, and picture the air quotes around “miscarriage of justice,” you get the real strong feeling justice doesn’t matter anywhere near as much to Clinton as winning.
And when you remember the treatment the Clintons have meted out over the years to the women who stood in their way over accusations of rape against Bill Clinton — Juanita Broderick, Kathleen Wiley, Paula Jones — you see that nothing ever really changed.
Listen to Clinton’s story in her own words here.
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