There come times in a reporter's life when a story makes him or her ill, and we would rather not write about it. However, sometimes the story is too important, and this is not an option. All criminal defendants are entitled to a "vigorous defense," in the words of the legal profession. But does a vigorous defense mean lying about a 12-year-old rape victim, and claiming she was enticing older men?
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. "I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing," Clinton, then named Hillary D. Rodham, wrote in the affidavit. "I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body. Also that she exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way."The Daily Beast further reported:
The victim vigorously denied Clinton's accusations and said there has never been any explanation of what Clinton was referring to in that affidavit. She claims she never accused anyone of attacking her before her rape. "I've never said that about anyone. I don't know why she said that. I have never made false allegations. I know she was lying," she said. "I definitely didn't see older men. I don't know why Hillary put that in there and it makes me plumb mad."
As the Wall Street Journal noted:
Mr Trump plays his own game. For example, when Mrs Clinton was readying the sexist meme against him, Mr. Trump took it away from her by bringing up the Bill Cosby-style allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against hubby Bill Clinton...
"I had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did."One word is missing. Especially when it comes to such a grave crime involving a young child, we should say the best ethical defense possible. If the victim's allegations that Clinton's tactics had no basis in fact, certainly a critical moral compass is missing. Clinton's response to the case is glib, partially true, and incomplete. And there is no doubt that Donald Trump knows it.
(Article changed on April 18, 2016 at 17:30)
(Article changed on April 18, 2016 at 20:46)