Is the world starting to turn against Bill Cosby?

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"Comeuppance" is not only proper, it's freakin' AMAZING!

Cosby loses bid to reseal deposition testimony (external - login to view)
First posted: Monday, August 15, 2016 09:48 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, August 15, 2016 09:52 PM EDT
A judge has denied Bill Cosby's request to reseal his deposition testimony from a 2005 civil lawsuit.
The Cosby Show star faced questioning in 2005 and 2006 as part of a suit filed against him by Andrea Constand, who claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
The case was settled out of court in 2006, but the sealed deposition was made public in 2015, revealing Cosby had confessed to buying sedatives to give to women he wanted to sleep with and had extramarital affairs.
The embattled actor was seeking to have the deposition made private again, but on Monday, a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled against him.
"The contents of the documents are a matter of public knowledge, and we cannot pretend that we could change that fact by ordering them resealed," the ruling reads.
The 79-year-old is facing felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid Constand's allegations.
The veteran comedian has been accused of rape, drugging and/or performing inappropriate sex acts by over 50 women. He has denied all the allegations.
Cosby loses bid to reseal deposition testimony | Celebrities | Entertainment | T
If I rob 49 banks, and get caught when I rob the 50th? All 50 branch have someone inside that can positively identify me, plus I had gotten caught and confess during one of them, but had paid off the witness and gotten off to continue the fun. Now, I'm caught again, but say no no no, 'all' of them of lying. Is the law stupid enough to believe me? Let's hope that we are not surrounded by complete incompetence.
Bill Cosby’s lawyers claim racism
First posted: Friday, September 09, 2016 12:31 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, September 09, 2016 01:00 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby has long preached the gospel of personal responsibility to fellow blacks, irritating those who fault racism for holding the community back.
But now lawyers for the 79-year-old comedian have suggested for the first time that racial bias is to blame as Cosby faces the prospect of 13 women testifying in court that he drugged and molested them. Twelve of them are white.
Cosby’s legal team raised the issue on the courthouse steps Tuesday after a hearing in his criminal sex assault case in suburban Philadelphia. Whether they intend to bring up race in the courtroom remains to be seen. At a minimum, some legal experts said the defence is trying to influence potential jurors.
“I think that you’ve always got to have in mind who’s your jury pool,” said Los Angeles lawyer Mark Geragos, whose clients have included Michael Jackson. “That’s probably the end game.”
Or the lawyers may have been dutifully carrying out Cosby’s instructions: “It could well be they are expressing the concerns of the client,” said Carl Douglas, who was on O.J. Simpson’s legal Dream Team.
Cosby is set to go on trial next June on charges he drugged and sexually violated Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. He could get 10 years in prison if convicted.
In bringing up race, his legal team took aim at celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents about half the women who have agreed to testify against Cosby.
Allred “calls herself a civil rights attorney, but her campaign against Mr. Cosby builds on racial bias and prejudice that can pollute the court of public opinion,” the lawyers said in a statement.
“Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred. When the media repeats her accusations — with no evidence, no trial and no jury — we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create.”
Allred called the tactic “desperate.”
“It is ironic that a man who has chastised the black poor for making race an excuse would now have to lean upon that as part of his defence strategy,” said Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, a black scholar and author of the book “Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?”
“If you’re more cynical, you might say, ’What manipulation of racial rhetoric in defence of the indefensible,”’ Dyson said Thursday.
Cosby’s lawyers have not raised any bias claims in court during their myriad efforts to get the case thrown out. The focus for now is on keeping out the most damning evidence, including Cosby’s 2005 deposition in which he admitted using drugs and alcohol to seduce women. The defence will also fight strenuously to keep the 13 other accusers off the stand.
His lawyers asked on Tuesday to have the trial moved out of suburban Montgomery County, where the case was a major topic in the election campaign for district attorney last fall. Lead defence attorney Brian McMonagle suggested that the jury be drawn instead from Philadelphia.
Though McMonagle did not say so, Montgomery County is 80 per cent white and 10 per cent black. In Philadelphia, the racial split is nearly even.
That’s not to say Cosby enjoys the unquestioned support of the black community.
The trailblazing TV star and one-time role model has chided activists who call the criminal justice system racist.
“These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake,” Cosby said in an often-quoted 2004 speech before the NAACP. “Then we all run out and are outraged: ’The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”
His scolding remarks to the black community about baggy pants, fatherless homes and rap music have rankled younger blacks and scholars like Dyson. But they may still resonate with older blacks who share his focus on family life, education and personal morality.
“Those that grew up in the shadows of his ’Cosby’ show don’t want to believe the stench of the allegations,” Douglas said. But “I would think that millennials, if they think of the word ’Cosby,’ would think of the word ’date rape’ before you think of ’The Cosby Show’ or Cliff Huxtable.”
Still, when it’s time for the defence to pick a jury in this case, Geragos suggested race will trump all: “Ultimately, at the end of the day, they’re not going to take a white juror over an African-American juror.”
Bill Cosby’s lawyers claim racism | Celebrities | Entertainment | Toronto Sun
Presumed innocent until proved guilty.

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Also a possible reason for the lawsuit in the first place. Always weary when the victim pursues a civil retribution against a celebrity rather than a criminal charge.

The criminal standard is the presumption of innocence, or proof beyond a reasonable doubt. So you pretty much have to prove at least a nolinety percent chance that he's guilty.

The civil standard requires only a balance of probabilities, so over a fifty percent chance that he's guilty.
Bill Clinton is guilty.
Bill Cosby too blind to defend himself against sex assault claim: Lawyer (external - login to view)
First posted: Friday, October 28, 2016 07:13 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, October 28, 2016 07:20 PM EDT
Bill Cosby’s attorneys have argued the actor is unable to properly defend himself in his sex assault case as he is “legally blind” and suffers from failing memory.
The Cosby Show veteran is due to appear at a pretrial hearing next week, as he continues to fight allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.
He is facing three charges of felony indecent assault, which his representatives have repeatedly denied, while other alleged victims have also come forward with similar decades-old allegations against Cosby, although the statute of limitations has expired in many of their cases.
On Thursday, Cosby’s legal team filed a motion in a Pennsylvania court, insisting the actor’s ailing eyesight, coupled with a memory which has “substantially declined”, means he is unable to positively identify his accusers and is therefore unable to mount a substantial defence.
“How can a 79-year-old blind man defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago?” attorneys Brian McMonagle and Angela Agrusa state in their legal papers, according to CNN.
“The answer is simple: He cannot, and the Commonwealth knows he cannot... Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether has has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defences and gather exculpatory evidence. Moreover, Mr. Cosby’s memory has substantially declined in the last decade.”
His legal representatives reveal the embattled comedian has also registered himself with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and they plan to present proof of his condition at Tuesday’s hearing.
McMonagle and Agrusa have also used the filing to blast prosecutors, insisting they have “chosen to turn this case into a platform for Mr. Cosby’s other accusers to air their even staler, long-ago time-barred claims that were never reported to authorities”.
Prosecutors have yet to respond to the motion. They previously criticised Cosby’s attorneys for trying to use his “fame and fortune” to cover up his allegedly inappropriate behaviour and “hide his true nature”.
The case is tentatively set to go to trial on June 5, 2017.
Bill Cosby too blind to defend himself against sex assault claim: Lawyer | Celeb
Cosby lawyers say comedian is too blind to defend himself
Maryclaire Dale And Michael R. Sisak, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 11:51 AM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 10:10 PM EDT
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby’s eyesight has deteriorated to the point where he cannot identify his accusers in photographs or otherwise help with his defence, his lawyers said Wednesday as they waged a multipronged effort to get the sexual assault case. (external - login to view) against the 79-year-old comedian thrown out.
His attorneys also portrayed Cosby as a political pawn who is being prosecuted only because a suburban Philadelphia district attorney used the public furor over the comic to get elected last year.
And they renewed their argument that Cosby’s lurid 2005 deposition from a related lawsuit should not be admitted at his trial, saying he answered questions under oath only after being assured he would not be charged with a crime.
Cosby leaned back in his chair as his lawyers made their case at the two-day pretrial hearing, which ended with no rulings from the judge and no indication of when he might issue one. Another set of hearings is scheduled for next month.
The “Cosby Show” star once known as America’s Dad is scheduled to go on trial by June on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his home in 2004. He could get 10 years in prison.
Cosby has said the encounter was consensual. He is free on $1 million bail.
Dozens of additional accusers have come forward, including 13 women whom prosecutors want to call as witnesses at the trial to show that they were drugged and violated in similar fashion. Cosby’s lawyers are fighting that strategy.
Defence attorney Angela Agrusa argued that prosecutors unfairly prejudiced Cosby by waiting a decade to charge him. Cosby has memory problems and is also legally blind, according to the defence, which presented a medical report that said he is blind in his right eye and has glaucoma in both eyes.
“Mr. Cosby cannot look at a photograph or any evidence and help his counsel or explain who those people are,” Agrusa said.
However, prosecutors said Cosby himself caused the delay by fighting efforts by The Associated Press — in 2006 and again in 2014 — to unseal his testimony in Constand’s 2005 lawsuit. Prosecutors said that it was not until a judge unsealed the material last year that they learned that Cosby had admitted to a series of affairs and acknowledged obtaining quaaludes to give to women before sex.
“He had never admitted to using powerful drugs to facilitate sex with women. That’s a big deal,” Deputy District Attorney Robert Falin said. “In our case, it goes to what exactly did he give to Andrea. ... I think any reasonable prosecutor would have taken another look at the case.”
Cosby’s lawyers have also argued that he sat for the deposition only after then-District Attorney Bruce Castor promised he would never face arrest in the Constand case. Cosby’s attorneys are using that supposed promise to try to get the case thrown out or, failing that, to keep the deposition out his trial.
They are also focusing on the campaign between Castor and the current district attorney, Kevin Steele, in last year’s election in Montgomery County. Steele ran press releases and TV commercials attacking Castor for not prosecuting Cosby.
Steele made Cosby a “pawn in that election,” Agrusa argued.
“His cause celebre became attacking Mr. Cosby, stating publicly that his opponent had not been aggressive enough, had not done his job,” she said. “And now he’s in a situation where he’s got to act on it.”
At another point, Agrusa said: “My client is not a meme. He’s a human being. And his rights have been trampled by ego and ambition.”
In another clash Wednesday, Steele charged that Cosby’s lawyers have put the names of some of his accusers in public documents in an attempt to intimidate them.
Cosby attorney Brian McMonagle ridiculed the allegation and said many of the women were already publicly identified and some had even held news conferences.
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'The Cosby Show' reruns return to TV
First posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 09:50 AM EST | Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 11:25 AM EST
ATLANTA — Reruns of “The Cosby Show” are returning to television, even as the comedian’s sexual assault trial looms next year.
Bounce TV announced in social media posts that it will resume airing reruns of the 1980s sitcom on Dec. 19. Atlanta-based Bounce, programmed for black audiences, says it takes the allegations against Cosby “seriously,” but says its research shows African-Americans “see a distinction between Bill Cosby, the man, (external - login to view) and the iconic TV character Cliff Huxtable.”
The announcement has drawn criticism from some, including Judd Apatow. The director and producer tweeted Tuesday, “Presenting a violent rapist to viewers like he is a lovable dad is inappropriate.”
In July 2015, Bounce pulled reruns of the comedian’s CBS sitcom “Cosby.” Other networks — including TV Land and Centric — dropped “The Cosby Show” after the sexual assault allegations began in 2014.
The 79-year-old Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charge in Pennsylvania, where he is scheduled to go on trial by June. He has also denied some of the allegations of unwanted sexual contact from dozens of other women.
'The Cosby Show' reruns return to TV | TV | Entertainment | Toronto Sun
Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby’s deposition at trial judge says
First posted: Monday, December 05, 2016 08:16 PM EST | Updated: Monday, December 05, 2016 08:21 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA — Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser’s lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.
The defence has insisted Cosby testified only after being promised he would never be charged over his 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. But his lawyers at the time never had an immunity agreement or put anything in writing.
“This court concludes that there was neither an agreement nor a promise not to prosecute, only an exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill wrote in his ruling.
Cosby, 79, acknowledged in the 2006 deposition that he had a string of extramarital relationships. He called them consensual, but many of the women say they were drugged and molested. Cosby, questioned about the 2004 encounter at his home with Constand, described being on his couch and putting his hand down her pants.
“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped,” he said in his testimony.
Prosecutors describe Constand as being semiconscious after Cosby gave her three unmarked blue pills for stress that night. The release of the deposition testimony last year prompted them to reopen her 2005 police complaint and arrest Cosby days before the statute of limitations expired. O’Neill plans to try the case by June.
The ruling on the deposition is one of two key pretrial issues that will determine the scope of the evidence against Cosby. The other question is how many other accusers will be allowed to testify in prosecutors’ attempt to show a pattern of similar conduct. Prosecutors hope to call 13 additional women who say they were assaulted by Cosby as far back as the 1960s. Two days of arguments on that issue are set for next week.
At a pretrial hearing earlier this year, O’Neill has said that Cosby’s decision to testify at the deposition could have been strategic. The actor — known as America’s Dad for his top-rated family sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992 — could have invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself. But jurors would have heard of that decision if the case went to trial.
Cosby instead settled Constand’s lawsuit, for an undisclosed amount, after finishing four days of testimony about his extramarital affairs, his friendship with Constand and other topics.
In another excerpt, Cosby described a phone call with Constand’s mother a year later, when he refused to say what the pills were.
“I’m not going to argue with somebody’s mother who is accusing me of something,” he testified. “And I’m apologizing because I’m thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl. I apologized. I said to the mother it was digital penetration.”
Cosby also described getting seven prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s, which he said he kept on hand to give women he hoped to seduce, “the same as a person would say, ’Have a drink.”’
Constand had met Cosby at Temple University when she managed the women’s basketball team. He was a prominent booster and university trustee. She went to police in 2005 to report that he had sexually assaulted her a year earlier after taking what Cosby described as an herbal product. Constand, then 30, was dating a woman at the time and had no romantic interest in the 66-year-old Cosby, her lawyer has said.
District Attorney Kevin Steele called the ruling on the deposition an important development in the 12-year-old case.
“Allowing the jury to hear Mr. Cosby’s deposition testimony is another step forward in this case and will aid the jury in making its determination. It’s important that we are able to present all of the evidence available,” Steele said.
Defence lawyer Brian McMonagle had no comment on the decision.
The defence will fight strenuously to block the testimony of the other women, arguing that their accounts are vague, decades old and impossible to defend. Cosby’s lawyers had hoped to question the women in person to assess their credibility and relevance, but O’Neill rejected the idea.
Defence lawyers also say Cosby is legally blind and can no longer recognize his accusers or help them prepare for trial.
Constand is now a massage therapist in her native Ontario. She signed off on the decision by prosecutors to reopen the case. The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are sexual assault victims, but Constand has given permission for her name to be used.
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