Hillary Clinton Defended Black
Panther Member Accused of Murder
In 1969, Black Panthers member Alex Rackley
was suspected of being a government informant. He was taken to the
home of Black Panthers member Warren Kimbro, held captive for 24 hours and
tortured. At that point, Kimbro, George Sams and Lonnie McLucas took
Rackley to a marsh field and shot him to death. Many people
took part in the torture. Eventually, 14 Black Panthers were
arrested and charged in varying degrees in the death of Rackley.
One of the people charged was the leader of
the group, Bobby Seales. From all accounts, Seales was not present
during Rackley's torture or murder. The man who took up his defense
was attorney Charles Garry.
In 1969, Hillary Clinton WAS NOT an
attorney, but a law student. She worked as assistant to Charles
Garry. One of her duties during the Seales trial was to organize
groups of Yale students to attend and observe the trial. Of all the
cases involved in Rackley's murder, this one was the most high profile
since the accused had not been present during any of the events. Clinton
was not directly involved in the defense of Seales, nor did she have
anything to do with the defense of Kimbro or Huggins.
What happened to both Kimbro and Huggins
after they served their time has nothing whatsoever to do with Clinton.
She had nothing to do with any one of them "getting off easy."
Indeed, she could not have had done so.
Clinton was not involved with
"shutting down Yale with demonstrations," since that never
happened at all. There were certainly protests over the Seales
trial, but nothing on a grand scale. Although the Kent State
protests turned ugly and lethal a few days later, the Yale protests were
pretty tame. There is some scant evidence that Clinton may have helped
organize some of these protests. However, the last time I checked,
that is the right of every U.S. citizen when they feel that an injustic is
happening. Don't tell those who protested the removal of the 10
Commandments monument in Alabama that we don't approve of protest!
Lee's connection with all of this is even
more tenuous. Mr. Lee had nothing to do with the trials or the
defense of any of these or the other Black Panthers that were to be tried
for this case. He was not a lawyer, nor even a law student, but a
Yale undergrad. His sole involvement in this particular case is that
he expressed solidarity with the Black Panthers in that he believed that
many of these trials were unfair since some being tried were not
participants in the crime. He also appears to have been involved with
protests. As a conservative, a patriot and a supporter of the INTENT
of the U.S. Constitution, I'm afraid that I can't find fault here.
There is something about this message that
bothers me and it should bother anyone who really reads it. The
implication is that these people did not deserve a defense. Many
innocent people are put on trial and someone must defend them. Many
of our civic and elected leaders have been defense attorneys. If
Clinton had defended Seales, what on earth would be wrong with that?
U.S. citizens have a right to a good defense - guilty or innocent.
George Sams, Warren Kimbro and Lonnie
McLucas were all convicted on various charges for the murder of Alex
Rackley. Bobby Seale and Erika Huggins were eventually acquitted by a hung
jury. The jury voted 11 to 1 for Seale's acquittal and 10 to 2 for
Huggin's acquittal. Of course an acquitted person (Huggins) went on
with her life. Of course a man who has done the time set by a jury
will (hopefully) go on and get an education and contribute positively to
society. Do we really want them to return to a life of crime?
Whether or not you like or approve of Ms.
Clinton, truth is truth. I'm no fan myself, but this is just a
matter of dirty politics. Conservatives complain about the left
doing it, then do it themselves. As a conservative, I would hope for
better from us.
Oh, and Paul Harvey never told this
story. Urban Legends Zeitgeist says that "The email closely
resembles part of an article by John McCaslin's 'Inside the Beltway'
column that appeared in the June 12, 1998 issue of the Washington
Times." They also say that commentator Neal Boortz has claimed
the article, but they've been unable to find any verification of
this. The last I heard, this great missive was reprinted in the
tabloid called the Weekly World News. You the know, the one you see
in the grocery store line with articles and pictures about aliens,
creature people, etc. That's trustworthy reading (snicker!).
Legends & Folklore
Forgotten Facts ??
Back in 1969 a group of Black Panthers decided that a fellow
black panther named Alex Rackley needed to die. Rackley was
suspected of disloyalty. Rackley was first tied to a chair.
Once safely immobilized his friends tortured him for hours by,
among other things, pouring boiling water on him. When they got
tired of torturing Rackley, Black Panther member Warren Kimbo took
Rackley outside and put a bullet in his head. Rackley's body
was later found floating in a river about 25 miles north of New
Perhaps at this point you're curious as to what happened to these
Black Panthers. In 1977, that's only eight years later, only
one of the killers was still in jail. The shooter, Warren
Kimbro, managed to get a scholarship to Harvard. He later
became an assistant dean at Eastern Connecticut State College.
Isn't that something? As a '60s radical you can pump a bullet into
someone's head, and a few years later, in the same state, you can
assistant college dean! Only in America!
Erica Huggins was the lady who served the Panthers by boiling the
water for Mr. Rackley's torture. Some years later Ms.
Huggins was elected to a California School Board. How in the world
do you think these killers got off so easy? Maybe it was in
some part due to the efforts of two people who came to the defense
of the Panthers. These two people actually went so far as to
shut down Yale University with demonstrations in defense of the
accused Black Panthers during their trial.
One of these people was none other than Bill Lann Lee. Mr. Lee, or
Lann Lee, as the case may be, isn't a college dean. He isn't a
member of a California School Board. He is now head of the US
Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
O.K., so who was the other Panther defender? Is this other
notable Panther defender now a school board member? Is this
other Panther apologist now an assistant college dean?
No, Neither! The other Panther defender was, like Lee, a radical
student at Yale University at the time. She is now known as
The "smartest woman
in the world." She is none other than the Democratic
candidate for the US Senate from the State of New York----our
lovely First Lady, the incredible Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And now; as Paul Harvey says; you know (the rest of the
Pass this on! She deserves the press............