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When the presidential debate ended and analysts declared Hillary Clinton winner of the November election, a devastating meme has resurfaced.
The meme talked about an incident in 1975, when the former First Lady volunteered to act as the lawyer for a man named Thomas Alfred Taylor. The 41-year-old man was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1975, and the former First Lady volunteered to take his case.
The incident turned at a different angle; during the trial, the Democratic nominee told the judge that the 12-year-old girl had made up the story of the rape. She reasoned that the little girl made the story as she fantasized about older men.
According to the meme, Clinton helped the suspect walk free. However, the revelation came to light in 1980, when the Democratic nominee admitted she knew the man was guilty in an interview.
In the same interview, she laughed about it.
It was reported by FactCheck.org that in the 1980’s interview, the former secretary of state laughed during three specific instances.
The first instance: “Of course he claimed he didn’t. All this stuff. He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs. [laughs],” she said.
The second instance: “So I got an order to see the evidence and the prosecutor didn’t want me to see the evidence. I had to go to Maupin Cummings and convince Maupin that yes indeed I had a right to see the evidence [laughs] before it was presented,” she said.
The third instance: “I wrote all that stuff and I handed it to Mahlon Gibson, and I said, ‘Well this guy’s ready to come up from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice.’ [laughs],” Clinton said.
However, the publication stated that the former secretary of state did not volunteer to represent Taylor in court, but was obligated after judge Maupin Cummings had asked her to.
Finally, the trial ended with an expert testimony from a scientist, which “cast doubt on the evidentiary value of the blood and semen the prosecutor claimed proved the defendant’s guilt in the rape,” the Democratic candidate wrote in her book about the case.
A plea deal was negotiated by the Democratic nominee, and Taylor was ultimately charged with “Unlawful Fondling of a Child Under the Age of Fourteen.” He was sentenced to one year in a county jail and four years of probation, as noted in a final judgment signed by Cummings.
The Daily Beast had reported that in an interview, the victim of rape had said that the former First Lady lied about her in court documents and got her smeared for life. According to the victim, the former secretary of state went to extraordinary lengths to falsify evidence of the rape.
However, Clinton later reluctantly acknowledged and laughed about the accused rapist’s guilt on the recordings, said the victim.
IN 1975 WHEN I WAS 12, I WAS RAPED BY A 42 YR OLD MAN. HILLARY CLINTON VOLUNTEERED TO BE HIS LAWYER. IN COURT, pic.twitter.com/zHOpb0z0R3
— Phx Ken (@PhxKen) September 27, 2016