Hillary Clinton claims to be a champion of women’s rights, but her record as an officer of the court tells a different story. In January, we reported on how she mistreated a 12-year-old rape victim who was cross-examined by then-public defender Hillary Clinton. Clinton, who has said on the campaign trail that women who cry ‘Rape!’ have ‘right to not just to heard but to be believed a priori, lied about the victim to get the rapist off with a light sentence. Now in her 50s. the victim is speaking publicly, expressing her anger at being slandered in court by a crass and conniving attorney who now presents herself as a beacon of justice for women everywhere.
Court records show that Clinton questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and made up a claim that the girl made false accusations in the past. Hillary also implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out “older men” like the rapist.
In June of 2014, The Washington Free Beacon published audio recordings of Clinton from interviews in the early ’80s. In the recordings Clinton show an almost flippant attitude about the case.
Alana Goodman, who broke the story, interviewed the victim for the Daily Mail. Now a grown woman, Kathy Shelton has agreed for the first time to be named and pictured.
In the video, which follows, Shelton says:
It’s put a lot of anger back in me, Every time I see [Clinton] on TV I just want to reach in there and grab her, but I can’t do that.
I don’t think [Clinton’s] for women or girls. I think she’s lying, I think she said anything she can to get in the campaign and win. If she was [an advocate for women and children], she wouldn’t have done that to me at 12 years old.
…I want to speak to the world. Out there at the White House, so everyone can hear me,’ said Shelton. ‘That’s always been my thing since the anger’s built up. I want to speak out like [Clinton] does, and let the whole world hear it.
When Goodman originally reported the story, she included an audio in which Clinton spoke about the trial. The audio featured the Democratic nominee laughing while discussing this case of a raped little girl. She also reveals in that audio that she believed her client, named Taylor, was guilty, saying that his ability to pass a lie detector test ‘forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs’.
Clinton also laughed about the fact she was able to get a world-famous New York City blood expert to question the admissibility of forensic evidence because it was misplaced by the crime lab after it was tested.
The tape, which Shelton said discredits the notion that Clinton truly cares about protecting young girls, raises new questions that she wants to ask Clinton directly.
I heard you on tape laughing. I just want to know, you’ve got a daughter and a grandbaby. What happens if that daughter of yours, if that would have been her [who was assaulted at age 12]?
You would have protected her. You don’t know me, so I’m a piece of crap to you. Who cares about me, as long as you can win your first case as an attorney?
At the Democratic National Convention last month, the candidate and her surrogates repeatedly highlighted Clinton’s year-long stint at the Children’s Defense Fund after she graduated from law school in 1973.
I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, going door-to-door in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on behalf of children with disabilities who were denied the chance to go to school.
It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws.
Cross-posted at The Lid