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- May 30, 2016

Clinton's Legal Work Pitted Her Against Consumers, Workers, And Sexual Assault Victims


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Clinton will attend a "Lawyers for Hillary" event in New York.
  • As a corporate lawyer in Arkansas, Clinton built a career defending wealthy corporations against the interests of consumers and workers.
  • In one case, Clinton defended a company using rat butts in canned pork and beans, arguing "the rodent parts which had been sterilized might be considered edible in certain parts of the world."
  • In another case, Clinton defended an accused child rapist who she knew to be guilty by attacking the credibility of the victim, a 12-year old girl.

This Evening, Clinton Will Attend A "Lawyers For Hillary" Fundraiser. "Please join Lawyers for Hillary and Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Julianna Margulies for an evening with Hillary" ("Please join Lawyers for Hillary and Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States and Julianna Margulies for an evening with Hillary," Hillary For America, Accessed 5/27/16)

CLINTON WHO CLAIMS TO BE A CHAMPION OF WOMEN, DEFENDED AN ALLEGED CHILD RAPIST WHO KNEW HE WAS GUILTY

Clinton Laughed When Recalling How He Passed A Polygraph Test And She Attacked The Credibility Of The Victim

In 1975, Clinton Defended An Arkansas Man Accused Of Raping A 12 Year-Old. "In 1975, at the age of 27, she took the case representing Thomas Alfred Taylor, 41, who was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. Taylor, who was charged with first degree rape, had requested a female attorney." (Liz Kreutz, "Hillary Clinton's Hearing Of 1975 Rape Case Emerges Again," ABC News, 6/20/14)

Clinton "Aggressively Defended the Alleged Rapist" And Questioned the Credibility Of The 12-Year Old Plaintiff. "Once appointed, she aggressively defended the alleged rapist; at one point, she attacked the 12-year-old's credibility, writing in an affidavit that she had been informed 'the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing.'" (Glenn Kessler, "Did Clinton Laugh About A Rapist's Light Sentence And Attack Sexual Harassment Victims?" The Washington Post , 5/19/16)

Clinton Secured The Man A Lesser Sentence With Reduced Jail Time. " Hillary Clinton defended him and got him a lesser charge of unlawful fondling of a minor under the age of 14. According to a Newsday investigation, what should have been a five-year sentence, was reduced to four years of probation and a year in county jail, with two months taken off for time he had already served." (Liz Kreutz, "Hillary Clinton's Hearing Of 1975 Rape Case Emerges Again," ABC News, 6/20/14)

Years Later, Clinton Controversially Joked That Her Client's Ability To Pass A Polygraph Test "Forever Destroyed [Her] Faith In Polygraphs," Suggesting Her Client Was Indeed Guilty Of Rape. "The name of the woman, who is now 52, was withheld for privacy reasons. She decided to speak out after hearing never-before-heard audio tapes released by the Washington Free Beacon earlier this week of Hillary Clinton talking about the trial. In the recordings, dubbed the 'Hillary Tapes,' Clinton is heard laughing as she describes how she succeeded at getting her client a lighter sentence, despite suggesting she knew he was guilty. (Liz Kreutz, "Hillary Clinton's Hearing Of 1975 Rape Case Emerges Again," ABC News, 6/20/14)

Clinton: "He Took A Lie Detector Test, I Had Him Take A Polygraph, Which He Passed, Which Forever Destroyed My Faith In Polygraphs." CLINTON: "He took a lie-detector test! I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With Roy Reed, 1983-1987)

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But Today, Clinton Claims All Victims Of Sexual Assault Must Be "Heard, Believed, And Supported"

Clinton Tweet: "Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported. http://hrc.io/SexualAssault" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter, 11/22/15)

CLINTON, WHO HAS RALLIED AGAINST CORPORATIONS, BECAME A PARTNER AT A CORPORATE LAW FIRM

A Central Part Of Clinton's 2016 Campaign Is Her Promise To Crack Down On Corporations. "Yet too often, both the corporations and individuals responsible are getting off without sufficient penalty.[xxxvi] Imposing accountability on Wall Street will help protect the integrity of our markets so that they're serving everyday Americans-and so that law-abiding individuals, who make up the vast majority of people working in finance, can compete on a level playing field. That's why Clinton would ensure that both individuals and corporations are held accountable when they break the law. And she would see to it that prosecutors and regulators have the tools and resources they need to get the job done." ("Hillary Clinton: Wall Street Should Work For Main Street," Hillary For America, Accessed 5/27/16)

While Clinton Claims To Want To Crack Down On Corporations, She Spent The Majority Of Her Professional Life In A Corporate Law Firm

"She Would Advocate For Clients Who Would Be On The Opposite Side Of The Causes She Had Formerly Championed." (Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way, 2007, p. 58)

"Before She Was First Lady Or Senator, Hillary Clinton Was A Corporate Lawyer." ("Hillary Clinton, Corporate Lawyer," The New York Times, 3/14/08)

Clinton Spent The Majority Of Her Professional Life In A Corporate Law Firm. "In fact, she spent the longest stretch of her professional life in a corporate law firm - which explains a lot, says Susan Lehman, writing in The American Lawyer." ("Hillary Clinton, Corporate Lawyer," The New York Times, 3/14/08)

Clinton Joined The Rose Firm In January 1977. "While Mr. Giroir forged one set of connections, another set began to grow with the hiring of the firm's first woman lawyer, Mrs. Clinton. She joined the firm as an associate in January 1977, about the time her husband was being sworn in as State Attorney General." (Stephen Labaton, "Rose Law Firm, Arkansas Power, Slips as It Steps Onto a Bigger Stage," The New York Times, 2/26/94)

  • "The Rose Law Firm, Hillary's New Employer, Traced Its History Back 150 Years And Was Established As A Standard Bearer Of The State's Business Elite." (Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way, 2007, p. 57)
  • Clinton Became Partner In 1979. "By 1979, Hillary - now First Lady of the state following Bill's election to governor the year before - was elevated to partner, the first woman to be granted such a promotion in the history of the firm." (Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way, 2007, p. 60)

"Within The Firm, An Inevitable Complaint Around The Water Cooler Was That 'Hillary's Not Billing Enough.'" "Meanwhile, within the firm, an inevitable complaint around the water cooler was that 'Hillary's not billing enough.'" (Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way, 2007, p. 63)

Clinton Represented A Company That Produced Food With Pieces Of Rats In Their Packaging

Clinton Defended A Company That Was Sued For Producing A Can Of Pork And Beans That Had Parts Of A Rat In It. " The first jury trial Mrs. Clinton handled on her own, for instance, concerned the rear end of a rat in a can of pork and beans. She represented the cannery, and she argued that there had been no real harm, as the plaintiff did not actually eat the rat." (Adam Liptak, "Attorneys At Politics: Would You Hire One To Represent You?" The New York Times, 10/28/07)

Clinton Argued That The Rat Had Been Sterilized And Therefore Could Be Considered Edible. "'Besides,' she wrote in her autobiography, describing her client's position, 'the rodent parts which had been sterilized might be considered edible in certain parts of the world.'" (Adam Liptak, "Attorneys At Politics: Would You Hire One To Represent You?" The New York Times, 10/28/07)

Clinton Defended Coca-Cola Against A Disabled Employee Who Was Fighting To Receive Retirement Benefits

Clinton Successfully Defended Coca-Cola When An Employee Sued The Company Claiming He Was Permanently Disabled And Wrongly Denied Retirement Benefits. "In one lawsuit she successfully handled, filed in 1979, her client was the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Arkansas and its employee retirement plan. A worker, Ronnie Weeks, had sued the company in federal court, claiming he was permanently disabled and had been improperly denied retirement benefits." (Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., Her Way, 2007, p. 60)

AND BOTH CLINTONS HAVE RUN INTO TROUBLE WITH THEIR LAW LICENSES

In 1973, Clinton Failed The D.C. Bar Exam. "In his biography of Hillary Clinton, former Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein notes that in the summer of 1973, 817 people took the Washington, D.C., bar exam; 551 of them passed. Hillary Rodham was not one of them." (Robert Farley, "She Failed, Then Followed Bill," Politifact, 2/15/08)

In 2001, Bill Clinton Was Disbarred Due To The Lewinsky Scandal. "On Clinton's last full day as president, Jan. 19, 2001, he agreed to a five-year license suspension. The agreement came on the condition that Whitewater prosecutors would not pursue criminal charges against him after he lied under oath about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky...Clinton accepted the penalty under a deal with Special Prosecutor Robert Ray, a successor to Kenneth W. Starr. The panel voted to disbar Clinton for five years and impose a $250,000 fine. Clinton has paid the fine." ("Bill Clinton Can Re-Apply For His Lawyer License," The Associated Press, 1/18/05)


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