- May 7, 2018
- Judicial System
Bill Cosby is a Very Funny Fellow – WRONG!
In recent news, on April 18, 2018, comedian and TV star Bill Cosby has been convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging young women before having his sexual way with them.
Some people are shocked by the verdict, but Cosby has been accused by many women of similar misbehavior, as revealed by USA Today. The legal problem facing the prosecution is to establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Cosby used illegal means to achieve a criminal end.
You can well imagine that Cosby was able to afford the best darned legal staff money could buy. This might explain why he has been acquitted so many times. More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual assault going as far back as four decades.
Forty years ago, women who cried “Rape!” were not treated with the same credibility and respect as they are today. Each and every accusation was swept under the rug until recent years, when some of these women are renewing their efforts to get justice.
Here is a timeline of Cosby’s legal activity:
2005 – In a lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball administrator, Cosby testified that in the 1970s “he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.” In the privacy of his own home, Cosby drugged and raped Constand.
We know this because the Associated Press brought suit to get the court documents. His lawyers raised an objection “on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.” Cosby settled that suit a year later for $3.4 million.
2015 – Ten years later, the investigation into Cosby’s predatory behavior was reopened in July. The Associated Press requested that a federal judge unseal portions of Cosby’s deposition testimony from the 2005 lawsuit. During this retrial, the jury interpreted the deposition as an admission of guilt.
June 2017 – After 52 hours of deliberation over five days, the jury reached deadlock and failed to deliver a unanimous verdict on any of three counts of aggravated indecent assault of accuser Constand.
April 2018 – Cosby’s own deposition from 2005 armed the retrial jury with the “smoking gun” evidence they needed to reach a guilty verdict. On an episode of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 22-year-old juror Harrison Snyder said it was Cosby’s own deposition, in which he stated for the record that he gave drugs to women in order to have sex with them.
The drugs in question were quaaludes, a heavy-duty downer (the medical depressant methaqualone) that caused his victims to lose consciousness while he molested them.
Now 80 years old, Cosby, once a very funny fellow (“Riiiiiight!”), may not be amused by the prospect of spending the rest of his life in jail. That’s 10 years for each of the three counts as a maximum 30-year sentence.
CNN reported that:
“Cosby did not audibly react to his conviction, but erupted shortly afterward. Minutes after the verdict, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Cosby’s bail. They said he is a flight risk and has a private plane. Cosby, who did not testify in the trial and has sat quietly through the proceedings, stood up and yelled in a booming voice: “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”
Currently under house arrest in a Philadelphia suburb, Cosby is waiting for a sentencing hearing with Judge Steven O’Neill, expected in the next three months. The judge mentioned that Cosby might make arrangements through official channels to live in a home in another state, after being fitted with a GPS tracking device.
Cosby was a member Temple’s board of trustees and their advertising poster boy. But no more. He resigned that position last December 2017.
Cosby continues to proclaim his innocence and his lawyers promise to appeal the court’s decision. But why would any woman subject herself to the intense scrutiny and embarrassment of accusing the lovable screen character that was Bill Cosby – unless something really awful had happened to her?
Speculation aside, one jury has delivered a guilty verdict. As a police officer observed when he pulled someone over for speeding, “If I caught you doing it once, there were probably a hundred times you did it without getting caught.”
Fame and fortune have a way of swaying a celebrity’s moral compass. Did Cosby succumb to the ultimate temptation of depriving his female companions of free will and the right to choose?
Regardless of what you believe, we can’t say the jury is still out – because it isn’t.