Hillary Clinton’s forgotten death penalty shift

by Adam B. Lerner,  Politico

As a young lawyer, Hillary Clinton helped save a mentally handicapped black man from the electric chair. This is not a fact she has promoted in her years as a tough-on-crime U.S. senator or amid her quest to become the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

POLITICO discovered her role buried in an appeal to save Henry Giles, a convicted murderer, back in 1976, when Clinton headed the legal aid clinic at the University of Arkansas. A brief filed by the Cummins Prison Project, a law school effort to defend prisoners at one of Arkansas’s most notorious prisons, played an important role in winning leniency for Giles because of his mental impairment, court documents show.  Read the entire story.


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