Hillary the Feminist?

vcmnginhlsThe Washington Free Beacon, in June, reviewed newly discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton. The recordings, dubbed the Hillary Tapes by the press, were from the time period of 1983-1987. In these recordings, Hillary discusses representing a 41 year old male who was accused of raping a 12 year old girl in Arkansas.

In these tapes, which were to be used for an Esquire feature on her and Bill Clinton which was never published, she makes many usual comments regarding her defense of her 41 year old client. For example Hillary states “he took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph which he passed which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” After making this comment one can hear Hillary laughing.

Hillary continues to explain (and laugh) that the state made an error in the handling of evidence, particularly the testing of the underwear of the male which had blood on them. After discussing how she convinced the judge the state did not follow proper protocol in the testing of the material (after testing the state discarded the underwear sample, not allowing the defense a chance for independent testing) the interviewer asked how the case was resolved. Hillary then states “Oh he plea bargained. Got him off with time served in the county jail, he’d been in the county jail for about two months.”

Nobody can fault Hillary for taking the case. Our judicial system guarantees one who is charged a right to a fair trial and defense. As a young lawyer, just starting her career, one cannot argue that this man deserved a right to a defense and Hillary’s acceptance to provide such defense. However, as Ronald D. Rotunda, a professor of legal ethics at Chapman University stated about defense lawyers in the Washington Free Beacon story “We don’t have to believe the client is innocent…our job is to represent the client in the best way we can within the bounds of the law.” However disclosure of the client’s polygraph and guilt raises ethical concerns as it could be a violation of attorney-client privilege. According to Rotunda “You can’t do that…unless the client says: ‘You’re free to tell people that you really think I’m a scumbag, and the only reason I got a lighter sentence is because you’re a really clever lawyer.’”

However, outside of the ethical issue of failing to maintain attorney-client privilege, there is a more disturbing aspect of her discussion of this trial. As noted above, Hillary can be heard laughing repeatedly throughout the discussion with absolutely no empathy for the 12 year old victim in the case.

The victim, who was interviewed by the Daily Beast after the Hillary Tapes were made public even accused Clinton of intentionally lying about her in court documents and going to great lengths to discredit the rape evidence. The victim also stated “Hillary Clinton took me through Hell,” and if she saw Hillary, she would challenge Hillary’s hypocrisy of allegedly supporting women’s rights in comparison to Hillary’s actions regarding this case. According the Daily Beast the victim continued “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.”

Let us not forget that when Bill Clinton was running for president and the news on a long lasting extra-marital affair with Gennifer Flowers broke in the media which threatened Bill’s campaign Hillary stated “We have to destroy her!” Hillary, according to the reporting of Christopher Anderson, also called Bill’s girlfriends and Arkansas women in general “Bimbos, sluts, trailer trash, rednecks, sh*t kickers.” According to Edward Klien’s recent book Blood Feud, Hillary continues to look the other way as Bill continues to have numerous extra-marital affairs.

Why is all of this of importance to the public? Hillary constantly, in media appearances and on her recent book tour, champions her work for women’s rights and advocacy as proof of her commitment to feminism. Really? What we have in Hillary is a woman who for years has accepted a philandering husband for the sake of the maintenance of power and hopes of a presidential run, a woman who put a 12 year old rape victim through “hell,” and a woman who shows outright disdain to any other woman who does not have the same education, social, or financial status as she does. This is the current face of feminism? If so, I will maintain my admiration for female leaders such as Margaret Thatcher, Phyllis Schlafly, Condoleezza Rice, and Sarah Palin whether they are the favorites of feminists or not.

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