The Rand Paul campaign coordinator who became infamous after he stomped the head of a female protester at a debate finally went to court. And, much like Tim Profitt, his lawyer is using the “she asked for it” defense, too.
Via Talking Points Memo:
His lawyer, however, laid out a defense of the charges that he said hinged on the video that got Profitt in trouble in the first place.
“Admittedly if you look at the video on the internet and TV and don’t see anymore than what was shown it looks like he may have gone out of line,” attorney Michael Dean told reporters. “But if you look at the rest of the video of what she was doing before hand and get the whole story, I think you will see my client is justified.”
Dean’s defense is not so different from the one broadcast by Paul supporters in the wake of the stomping. They pointed to Valle’s paid role with MoveOn and a video showing her trying to get a picture with the now Sen.-elect right before the stomping to suggest that Valle was a paid agitator who helped instigate the incident.
After the incident, Valle told TPM the opposite was true — Profitt and other Paul volunteers on the ground recognized her, she said, and set out to physically remove her from Paul’s path that night.
Profiitt’s case will go to a full court on December 7th.
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