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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!). 

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Forgotten Facts ??  (Conveniently)
 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 Haven, Conn.

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 become an
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 law
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 story).
 Pass this on!  She deserves the press............

 

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