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Damaging Hillary Clinton tape surfaces: What it says about Hillary and women

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes under fire for controversial child rapist representation during her 2014 book tour.
Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes under fire for controversial child rapist representation during her 2014 book tour.
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It has come out on Monday that a child rapist walked free in the '80s after serving only two months in jail for luring a 12-year-old victim to her rape, and it is all thanks to the intelligence of one woman: the former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his defense attorney.

Unsurprisingly, Hillary's detractors are having a field day with the news, with Fox News reporting on June 16 that the full story on the child rapist also "calls into question Clinton's narrative of her early years as a devoted women and children's advocate in Arkansas," which the media outlet says she continues to promote on her 2014 book tour.

It is believed that the recording (which the Free Beacon says were originally made for an Esquire magazine profile, but never used) may damage her chances at another presidential run. But book tour and presidential campaign aside, the old recording made by Arkansas reporter Roy Reed shows something far more disturbing than a future female White House leader getting a rapist off on a technicality, for everyone knows that a defense attorney has to represent their clients rather than a victim.

The more concerning issues raised is the fact that the recording (known as "The Hillary Tape") reveals a female defense attorney who chose to nonchalantly bring up such a sensitive case during a recorded media talk with a journalist. And then she proceeded to cavalierly share during the course of the conversation (and in a slightly unconcerned tone, chuckling at times) the details about this sensitive case. And she had to have known the child victim might one day hear. And that day has now come.

Those details include how Hillary masterminded her client getting off on time served for the rape of a child. And she is eager to tell the reporter interviewing her on the tape how she cleverly backed the local prosecutor Mahlon Gibson into a corner over the forensic evidence of the case, forcing him to accept her plea agreement. It wasn't that evidence didn't exist, mind you. And it wasn't that the evidence was not processed and deemed relevant. It was that the crime lab had cut and tested a section of the suspect's underwear, which contained blood and other bodily fluids, and then the suspect's defense attorney demanded to see that evidence, so they showed her what remained of the untested portion of his underwear.

Unfortunately, the crime lab threw away the tested portion of the suspect's underwear, giving Mrs. Clinton the ability to push for a plea agreement instead of a trial--and to get it. So the crime lab failed the victim in this case as much as the defense attorney did.

But what is at issue for this female advocate who now may want and need female voters to stand behind her in a future election year, is that as a defense attorney (especially a female one) Hillary Clinton should have exhibited some measure of remorse or sadness when talking about what the victim and all that child lost in regards to justice. But that isn't what we hear from Hillary on this recording. And therein lies the real issue for Hillary now: how women and mothers and sexual victims will feel about her cavalier attitude regarding doing a number on a prosecutor in order to get her child rapist client off with a mere two months time served in a county jail.

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