- Jun 2014
- Cleveland, Ohio
I have a real problem with the bashing going on as to Hillary Clinton's handling of the defense of a child rape defendant in the 1970's. The victim herself has been heard to say that she felt Hillary lied on her in court and found the experience brutalizing. Hillary herself is heard on tape to say she felt her client was guilty and laughing about how she was able to get him a (very reduced) sentence.
Hillary Clinton LAUGHS as she recalls how she helped 'child rapist' walk free | Mail Online
Do you react to this news as a parent? As a conservative or liberal? As a feminist (or not)?
I am all those things, but I am also proud of our system of justice. The duty of a defense lawyer is single-minded: to advocate for her client. (There are limits imposed because all lawyers are officers of the court, but they are not in tension with that duty.) The judge, the prosecutor and the jury are all duty-bound to search for the truth. The defense lawyer is not; she is there is protect her client and force the state to prove its case.
No doubt, Hillary WAS brutal to this child victim, and no doubt, she is still suffering from those memories all these years later. In the 1970's, sex crimes victims were not adequately protected from abusive cross-examination and children suffered from this most of all. But whatever the rules were then, Hillary should have gone to the wall for her client regardless of her own personal sense of right and wrong, guilt or innocence. And she did.
I am not a supporter of this woman. And one of my big complaints about her is that she has never been what I would call a feminist. Much I would love it if someone emerged from her past and made career-ending accusations against her, in this case, I think she is without blame.
What say you? Does this story alter the way you see this woman?