Back when Sen. Ted Cruz was a practicing lawyer, the state of Texas appointed him the defendant for a man by the name of Thomas Alfred Taylor, age 41. Cruz agreed to do it.
Taylor had been accused of luring a 12-year-old girl into his car and raping her. Being accused of something does not mean you are guilty, of course. But according to newly discovered audio recordings, Cruz had no doubt in his mind that his client was guilty as sin.
Taylor raped that 12-year-old, and Cruz admits he knew it fully when he defended him in court. So his strategy to win the case was to attack the character of the raped child.
What you’ve just read is a true story, but I have deliberately changed one of the names in it: Ted Cruz. This really did happen to a lawyer-turned-politician, but it wasn’t the Texas senator.
It was Hillary Clinton.
When Clinton was 27 years old, she was asked to defend this Mr. Taylor. About a decade later, she was interviewed by journalist Roy Reed, the audio of which can be heard here.
Some highlights of the interview, or lowlights, if you’re a good person, are when Clinton said that Taylor “of course” denied raping the kid, but that “he took a lie-detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” at which point she laughs.
So Clinton knew Taylor was lying when he denied raping the girl. But she defended him anyway. What do ethics matter to a Clinton?
One of Clinton’s strategies for winning the case was to attack the character of the rape victim. According to a court affidavit written by Clinton, she had “been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents in disorganized families, such as the complainant’s, are even more prone to exaggerate behavior,” and that the child had “in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body” and that the girl “exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.”
Because damning evidence had accidentally been thrown away (which Clinton laughed about in the interview), Clinton was able to get the sentence for Taylor, who pled guilty only to molesting the girl, reduced from 5 years to 1 year.
This is America’s next president.