Kathy Shelton

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Kathy Shelton
Born1962 (age 56–57)[1]
ResidenceSpringdale, Arkansas[2]

Kathy Shelton (born 1962) is an American sexual assault survivor.

Early life[edit]

Shelton was raised by a single mother in Springdale, Arkansas, who was "very strict about her relationships with members of the opposite sex."[2]

1975 attack[edit]

In 1975, at 12, Shelton was raped by two men in Arkansas.[3] One of the men accused of raping her was 41-year-old defendant Thomas Alfred Taylor whose court-appointed criminal defense lawyer was 27-year-old Hillary Clinton (then known as Hillary Rodham) in her first-time appearance as courtroom litigator. Clinton has since stated that she had previously requested to be removed from the case.

Trial and aftermath[edit]

Appointment of defense attorney[edit]

Clinton said that she was initially asked to do the job as a favor to prosecutor Mahlon Gibson who recommended her to the trial judge Maupin Cummings since the defendant wanted a female defense attorney.

I had some really tough clients. I had one appear, a prosecutor called me years ago, said that he had a guy who was accused of rape ... and the guy wanted a woman lawyer ... Would I do it as a favor ...

— Hillary Clinton, Washington Free Beacon

Gibson stated in 2014 that Clinton had no choice but to defend the defendant after she was appointed by the judge in the case.[4] At the time, she was working at the legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas and represented the defendant for free.[4] Clinton has said that she requested removal from the case.[5]

Pretrial proceedings[edit]

Clinton stated in an affidavit[6] she had received information that Shelton was emotionally unstable and had a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing.

I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing. 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.

Moreover, in this same affidavit, Clinton stated:

I have also been told by an expert in child psychology that children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences and that adolescents with disorganized families, such as the complainant, are even more prone to such behavior.[7]

Trial proceedings[edit]

Based on court documents obtained by CNN and Clinton's account in her 2003 memoir Living History, Clinton won a plea deal for Taylor, securing a significantly reduced charge and sentence, based on the prosecution's loss of critical items of evidence so that the semen and blood samples found in the defendant's underwear could not be used as evidence at the trial for the patch of underwear tested had been discarded.[4]

Taylor, who pleaded to unlawful fondling of a child, was sentenced to one year in prison, with two months reduced for time served. He died in 1992.[7]

Shelton: Unable to have children after the rape[edit]

In television interviews in 2016, Shelton stated that she had been in a coma after the incident, and she was fortunate to have survived. She stated that directly after the rape, a doctor told her that the internal damages from the rape left her unable to conceive and bear children, or "99 per cent unlikely" to be able to have children [8][9]

Clinton's attack on the rape victim's credibility[edit]

In 2008, Andrew Schepard,the Director of Hofstra Law School's Center for Children, Families and the Law, said. "[The rapist] was lucky to have [Ms. Clinton] as a lawyer ... In terms of what's good for the little girl? It would have been hell on the victim. But that wasn't Hillary's problem."[10]

After Shelton became aware that Clinton had been the criminal defense lawyer of the defendant in her case decades earlier, Shelton stated in 2007 that she herself bore no ill will toward Clinton for having had to act as her assailant's court-appointed criminal defence lawyer in the rape case, saying "I have to understand that she was representing Taylor ... Hillary was just doing her job."[11] (this quote isn't in the linked article)

But as she re-examined the case her opinion shifted. "I started seeing where I had really been stomped in the ground. I didn't really know what to do about it. I just figured life would have to go on and I would have to live with it," she said.[12] It was after hearing Clinton discussing the case in previously unpublished tapes that Shelton decided to speak out publicly.[13][14]

In 2008, Shelton told Newsday magazine that Taylor raped her, and she had no interest in a relationship with him. She said, "It's not true, I never sought out older men – I was raped".[12]

Leaked audio recording[edit]

In the audio Clinton is heard laughing after recounting that the defendant's passing of a polygraph test "forever destroyed" her faith in such tests (due to her personal belief that the defendant was guilty),[15] and laughing again at the prosecution team as Clinton recounted her disbelief at their procedural failure as she had hoped:[16]

But you know what was sad, the prosecutors had evidence, among which was his underwear ... His underwear, which was bloody. Sent it down to the crime lab ... [unintelligible]. The crime lab took the pair of underpants, neatly cut out the part that they were going to test ... tested it ... Came back with the result of what kind of blood it was, what was mixed in with it, then sent the pants back with a hole in it as evidence. 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 before it was presented. So they presented the underpants with a hole in it. I said, "What kind of evidence is that!?" You know, a pair of underpants with a hole in it. Of course, the crime lab had thrown away the piece they'd cut out. It was really odd. I mean, I plea bargained it down because it turned out they didn't have any evidence ... But I took, I happened to be going to New York and I took the underpants with me, I got a special court order. And I went to Brooklyn, where this man whose name I now cannot remember who had shared in the Nobel Prize for his work on the RH factor and was one of the premier investigators who deal with blood, who had retired from Sloan-Kettering or someplace up there ... And so the sort of the story through the grapevine was if you get him interested in the case then you know you had the foremost expert in the world willing to testify so that it came out the way you wanted it to come out. So I wrote him and got an appointment to see him and took a taxi over ... Got through the gates, got into his office ... And he sat at his little desk and I pulled out my underpants you know, gave it to him and he started analyzing, looking for fibers, you know magnifying glass and all that stuff. He said, you know, "Can't prove anything!" Can see a slight trace but it wouldn't be enough to test, all that.So I wrote back told Mahlor Gibson that I had ... well, sorry I can't remember his name but I cut out who's who and I wrote all that stuff and I handed it to Mahlor Gibson and I said, "Well this guy's ready to come from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice!" [laughter][17]


In 2016 Shelton received worldwide media attention when she changed her stance* and spoke out against Clinton in a surprise press conference held by Donald Trump before the second presidential debate between him and Hillary Clinton. Also attending the conference were Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey.[18]

  • Don't see a quote that her stance was as changed as stated above, #11 doesn't have her forgiving Hillary Clinton


  1. ^ "Arkansas rape victim comes forward after 40 years to call Hillary Clinton a 'liar'". Daily Mail. 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  2. ^ a b Goodman, Alana (9 August 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Child rape victim comes forward for the first time in 40 years to call Hillary Clinton a 'liar' who defended her rapist by smearing her, blocking evidence and callously laughing that she knew he was guilty". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ Krauss, Michael I. (June 26, 2014). "Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Ethics of a Rape Defense". Forbes. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Merica, Dan (June 25, 2014). "Prosecutor in controversial case says Clinton had no choice but to defend rapist". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  5. ^ Boerma, Lindsey (July 8, 2014). "Hillary Clinton stands by her defense of 1975 rape suspect". CBS. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ "State of Arkansas V. Thomas Alfred Taylor". Scribd. Retrieved 2016-10-14.
  7. ^ a b Alana Goodman, The Hillary Tapes," Washington Free Beacon Jun 15, 2014
  8. ^ Breitbart News, 4 Nov 2016
  9. ^ Fox news, Kathy Shelton Interview by Sean Hannity, 13 Oct 2016
  10. ^ Thrush, Glenn (16 Jun 2008). "Election 2008: For Young Clinton, A Case Of Clashing Ideals". America Rising. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  11. ^ Payton, Bre (11 Oct 2016). "Rape Victim: Hillary Clinton Laughed At Me And Blamed Me For Getting Raped". The Federalist. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  12. ^ a b Rogin, Josh (14 Nov 2016). "Exclusive: 'Hillary Clinton Took Me Through Hell,' Rape Victim Says". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  13. ^ Kessler, Glenn (11 Oct 2016). "The facts about Hillary Clinton and the Kathy Shelton rape case". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  14. ^ Seema Mehta, "What you need to know about the four women Donald Trump appeared with at a surprise pre-debate event", Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2016
  15. ^ "What does Hillary's laughing rape defense audio mean?". The Hill. June 14, 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  16. ^ "AUDIO: Hillary Clinton Laughs While Discussing Defense of Child Rapist". Fox News. Jun 20, 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  17. ^ Hillary Clinton (15 June 2014). "The Hillary Tapes". Washington Free Beacon.
  18. ^ Kessler, Glenn (October 11, 2016). "The facts about Hillary Clinton and the Kathy Shelton rape case". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

External links[edit]

Kathy Shelton on Twitter