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This Hillary Clinton Rape Meme Says Clinton Freed A Rapist And Laughed About It. Well Did She? Yes And No.
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The Hillary Clinton Rape Meme Says Clinton Freed A Rapist And Laughed About It. Really?

Hillary Clinton Rape meme

Once upon a time, Hillary Clinton was a criminal defense attorney, a job which often requires you to defend people who you probably wouldn’t want to be friends with.  In 1975, Hillary Clinton succeeded in getting a 41-year-old man cleared of rape charges after successfully arguing that his 12-year-old victim made up the story and enjoyed fantasizing about older men. That part is true. But did she laugh about the case years later? That part is not true.

So What’s The Truth?

The memes, rumors and stories  about Hillary Clinton’s 1975 defense of a child rapist are a combination of fact and fiction. Yes, she did defend an caused rapist by questioning the mental stability of his accuser. But no, she did not laugh about getting a guilty rapist out of trouble, she apprently laughed about the reliability of lie detector tests.

In 1975, Hillary Clinton was a 27-year-old criminal defense attorney working at the University of Arkansas’ legal aid clinic when a judge appointed her to represent Thomas Alfred Taylor against allegations that he had raped a 12-year-old girl.

Although Taylor faced 30 years in prison, Clinton successfully challenged the state’s evidence and negotiated a plea deal that landed her client in jail for one year, which was time he had already served, according to court documents.

In 2014 conservative news site The Washington Free Beacon published what has become known as the “Hillary Tapes,” in which Hillary Clinton can be heard discussing the case and how her client had passed a polygraph “which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs” in a 1980 interview.

According to the alleged rape victim, Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite when it comes to her campaign for woman’s rights.  In a 2014 interviews, the victim of the alleged 1975 rape told the Daily Beast that Hillary Clinton had put her “through hell”:

Hillary Clinton took me through Hell,” the victim said. The Daily Beast agreed to withhold her name out of concern for her privacy as a victim of sexual assault.

The victim said if she saw Clinton today, she would call her out for what she sees as the hypocrisy of Clinton’s current campaign to fight for women’s rights compared to her actions regarding this rape case so long ago.

“I would say [to Clinton], ‘You took a case of mine in ’75, you lied on me… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I hear you on tape laughing.”

The victim’s allegation that Clinton smeared her following her rape is based on a May 1975 court affidavit written by Clinton on behalf of Thomas Alfred Taylor, one of the two alleged attackers, whom Clinton agreed to defend after being asked by the prosecutor. Taylor had specifically requested a female attorney.

So did Hillary portray the victim as being mentally unstable? According to this  affidavit filed by Clinton in the case, the answer is yes:

Hillary Clinton rape case affidavit

    Hillary Clinton RapeCase Affidavit

Hillary Clinton later defended her handling of the case in a 2014 interview with Mumsnet, a British-based online news site geared toward parents:

“When I was a 27-year-old attorney doing legal aid work at the [University of Arkansas] where I taught in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I was appointed by the local judge to represent a criminal defendant accused of rape. 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.

When you’re a lawyer you often don’t have the choice as to who you will represent. And by the very nature of criminal law there will be those you represent you don’t approve of. But, at least in our system, you have an obligation. And once I was appointed I fulfilled that obligation.”

Based on Hillary Clinton’s 1975 affidavit, some of the claims made in the rape meme are true. She argued that the child was “emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing” in requesting a psychiatric evaluation of the victim. This was a typical defense tactic used at the time to discredit rape victims.

And what about the claim that Clinton later laughed about the case in the 1980 interview ?  On the tape, Hillary Clinton can be heard nervously laughing at one point during the interview, but it was not about the victim, it was about her faith in polygraphs.

The Bottom Line:

True: Hillary Clinton once did  defend a grown man accused of raping a 12 year old girl.

True: Hillary Clinton did allege the victim was emotionally unstable and  recommended that she be given a psychiatric valuation.

False: Hillary Clinton did not laugh about getting the accused rapist off, but she did laugh about polygraph tests while discussing the case.

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