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Clinton Blamed Twice In Duke Lacrosse Rape Case

Reported by Ellen - April 23, 2006

We’re sensing a pattern here. Just as I was writing up a post about FOX News Legal Analyst Peter J. Johnson’s implication of Bill Clinton in the Duke lacrosse rape case during Friday night’s (4/21/06) Hannity & Colmes, Melanie posted that he made a similar accusation during Saturday night’s (4/22/06) Heartland.

During Friday’s Hannity & Colmes, Alan Colmes asked Johnson, “USA Today (mentioned) that state and federal courts have rules that restrict attorneys from making out of court statements that can prejudice the outcome of a case. Are these defense attorneys breaking the law, possibly, or certainly the rules?”

Johnson replied, “You have to understand that a lot of these statements may or reportedly are coming from the same Clinton spin team, the same Clinton spin team that said lying about sex wasn’t a crime.”

Colmes asked, “What do you have to bring Clinton into this for? What does it have to do with Clinton?”

“It has a lot to do with it, in terms of standards in this country.”

Johnson was referring to the fact that attorney Bob Bennett, who represented Clinton in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case is now the spokesman for a group called “The Committee for Fairness to Duke Families.” Johnson, an attorney, must have known that Bennett is not one of the defense attorneys so the answer was not responsive to Colmes’ question. That, in itself, indicates that Johnson made a deliberate effort to work into his remarks a smear against Clinton. The fact that that he did it again the next night makes it almost certain. Read Melanie’s post and see for yourself.

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