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Carlson to Defense Attorney: Are You Putting Your ‘Soul on the Line’ by ‘Impugning’ Teen Rape Victim?

At the beginning of tonight’s broadcast of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, host Tucker Carlson grilled the defense attorney of an undocumented immigrant who has been accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in Maryland.

After recapping the latest developments in the Rockville rape case in which two high-school students were accused of sexually assaulting one of their classmates — and one of the suspects, Henry Sanchez-Milian, is in the country illegally — Carlson brought on David Moyse, the attorney for Sanchez-Milian.

After a bit of a back-and-forth over who is paying Moyse to represent the suspect — Moyse wouldn’t disclose to Carlson that info — the Fox host pushed the lawyer on whether he’d represent Sanchez-Milian on his immigration issues if he’s found innocent. The attorney pointed out he doesn’t do immigration law and is not really focused on his status.

Following a portion where Carlson tried to make Moyse give him an answer on how he’d feel if one of his daughters was in the same class as his client, Carlson then took offense to the lawyer saying that there “could be a number of questions asked about all three of the people involved in this” case.

“Man, you better be right about this if you’re good to be impugning the character of a 14-year-old girl who says she was raped,” Carlson exclaimed. “Other people said they heard her screams. To impugn her character, you really before God better be sure that you are on the right side of this.”

“I think what occurs to me is that we have a system here,” Moyse responded. “When people are accused, we go through the system.”

Carlson shot back that he didn’t need to “trash the accuser.” When the attorney said he wasn’t, Carlson disagreed with him, saying he was, before wondering aloud how he feels about himself.

“My only point to you,” the Fox News personality stated. “Have you thought through the moral consequences? I know you play a role and I’m glad to defense lawyers exist. But before you say something like that, do you think, ‘Man, I’m kind of putting my soul on the line a little bit?'”

They would then go on to discuss if the suspect’s immigration status was relevant.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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