During Kevin Steele’s successful election campaign for District Attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in 2015, he attacked the longtime incumbent, Bruce Castor, for having “refused to prosecute Bill Cosby” and promised “tough sentences for sexual predators.” After taking office, District Attorney Steele immediately moved on his promise to vindicate Bill Cosby’s victims, arresting and charging Cosby for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand, one of nearly sixty women to have accused Cosby of sexual assault over several decades. But Cosby’s criminal trial, on three counts of indecent assault for the 2004 incident, ended in a mistrial due to a hung
I slogged through six paragraphs and still have no idea the direction the author was leading.
What’s going on here? Near as I can tell, I bet the author wants the burden of “reasonable doubt” removed for men who have been accused of rape. Obviously, the all-woman-he-man-hating-club did not get the outcome they wished. There were enough sane people on the jury who found it difficult not to have reasonable doubt when dealing with a 20-year-old story.
Powerful men, ambitious women and drugs have been part and parcel of the Hollywood entertainment scene since the first flickers at a nickelodeon. I doubt Mr. Crosby deflowered any virgins or led astray an innocent. Not one woman has claimed she was jumped and physically subdued. In my book it’s a business transaction.
I say stop harassing this old man. Isn’t having to live with the shreds of his reputation enough retribution for telling blacks to man up and be fathers?
I don´t think any Jury will send this almost 80 year old to Jail. Yes, he deserves to be there, but it should have happened years ago. The fact that this is only coming up now is why the Jury can´t come to terms with his spending his last few years in Jail. I don´t think a Retrial will reach a different verdict than the recent one!
I have to wonder if 75% of the men in the entertainment industry would have to be locked up if they were judged as Cosby. I´m not excusing him. It sounds as if he was a sleazy guy. But there are tons of questions about it being consensual sex and why it took so long for women to come forward? Are they looking for a quick payoff or were they truly assaulted. Drinking and drug use is common in the industry. The testimony is erratic and strange. In one account she says she was "paralyzed" after taking a couple benadryl? Paralyzed from using benadryl? Sleepy maybe.
This whole thing is a huge mess.
It is also motivated by the Left´s anger that Cosby was speaking to Blacks about personal responsibility (somewhat of a joke given his current situation) against the Left´s view of Blacks as helpless victims. He needed to be undermined and this trial is more than a little about doing that.
However, BJ CLintoon used State Troopers to gather his victims and the Feminists and especially Hillary, his enabler, seemed annoyed (because he was caught?) but gave him a pass. It hugely devalues their stance now. Part of the case is about Feminists trying to get their mojo back.
I think the disunity in the jury reflects the general public´s question of, "Why Cosby?", "How many people go out, drink, take drugs, and have sex and it´s all par for the course?", "How could the State, after the fact, sort out intentions and consent or lack of it with any certainty?".
Rape is a serious crime but how to sort out normal modes of human interaction and sexual practices from rape is a VERY dicey process and it´s not helped by the extremists that hover around the process of figuring it out.
Agree with #1´s take on this. Was about half way through this and began to lose my way. Then I noticed the source and remembered that this publication hasn´t had a real journalist contribute to it since the death of Chris Hitchens.
I assume next Harvard Law school will decide that the rules of evidence and standards for conviction for any man accused of rape must change and any man accused of any sex crime will be automatically convicted.
The only legal meaning of the trial is that the jury could not reach a verdict.
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David Key, 6/19/2017 9:54:39 AM (No. 11291012)
I think we are all a little disgusted with and dismayed to find that Mr Cosby was a horn dog, somewhat like Mr Clinton. Apparently the family act was just exactly that, and act.
At the same time so much of what you read indicates a number of serious issues with the prosecution and the accusers story, or perhaps it would be better to say the changing stories. Using alcohol and drugs to facilitate sex is not something new, and the line between seduction, legitimate, and rape/coerced sex, illegitimate, is blurry at its best. It does seem there is a double standard between "its sex between two adults", and someone who provided drugs, which appear to have been offered and accepted which led to sex (maybe), consensual/non consensual how does the jury or we know?
We know his squeaky clean family story line was false, but to give Clinton a pass, and come down on someone who dared to tell the younger black generation to clean its act up, seems hypocritical at the least.
Where were all these high powered lawyers for the small army of accusers of Clinton, probably on the side of the vast army of politicians and media types telling those women to sit down and shut up, or talking about trolling trailer parks for tramps to humiliate and denigrate them.
Cosby is a disgusting sexual predator. We all know that. But proving it in a court of law is difficult. The claims are not ten years old. The victim didn´t come forward right away. Cosby never admitted he drugged her unconscious. The victim continued to have communication with Cosby. Cosby is a celebrity. All of this adds up to reasonable doubt, at least to some jurors. The prosecutors in California weren´t able to convict Michael Jackson, either, even though it is obvious he was a pedophile. If they try Cosby again, they need to tighten up their case. The reference to Benadryl was confusing. Explain why it was a lie if they want to use Cosby´s testimony. And give the victim a makeover so it appears plausible, at least, that he might have been interested in her.
I´m not excusing Cosby´s behavior by a long shot, but I have to ask myself why these women went willingly to his hotel room. Any legitimate business opportunity that Cosby could offer them could be discussed in the hotel lobby, the hotel bar, a nice restaurant, a coffee shop, or other public place. All he had to do to get privacy was get a table in the back and sit with his back to the room.
Women have lost the right to be automatically believed if they claim they were sexually assaulted. It has turned into a weapon to be used against the innocent. No one really knows what happened between these two people except them. Is it likely that Cosby is guilty? Perhaps. But the entire case smells of Cosby using his money and fame to take advantage of women and of the women participating.
I hope this sleeze continues to be shunned and harassed. He wants to get out there and perform again. I´m sure a few people will pay to see him, but even his fellow entertainers think he´s disgusting.
To those who make fun of his accusers ´ looks, do you have to always be a beauty queen to get hit on? To those who wonder why the women didn´t come forward sooner, just think about the women who tried to tell what Slick Willie did to them. They were slimed big time and not believed. Entertainers and powerful men always win. I hope Cosby gets hit with tons of civil cases and loses every one of them.
Cosby´s behavior represented acts of taking advantage of his position in the entertainment industry to seduce women, many of whom who didn´t need alot of seduction to cooperate with the Cos. He also seemed to find pleasure in medicating the women, which is strange. He could have gotten all the sex he wanted, without resorting to medicating his sex partners. What Roman Polanski did to a little 13 year old girl is more disgusting than what Cosby did with scores of women, in totality. Polanski vaginally raped and sodomized the little girl, giving her qualuudes, whose mother left her in the care of Polanski and his casting couch. Yet as bad as his conduct was, he has lots of supporters in Hollywood, who say the government is persecuting him. And Whoopi Goldberg even said ´it wasn´t rape-rape.´ Gloria Allred and her daughter, Lisa Bloom, are representing scores of women who have come forward to allege that Cosby sexually assaulted them, much like the crazy haired woman from Temple claimed. I would end by noting that Cosby dropped out of high school and joined the Navy, but that might get me banned...
It is precisely because of the "Beyond Reasonable Doubt" burden of criminal trials that Obama´s Dept. of Education´s weaponized Office of Civil Rights, issued their 2011 Title IX "Dear Colleagues" letter to educational institutions threatening the loss of federal funding unless the institutions stepped in to adjudicate allegations of sexual assault completely outside of criminal proceedings. The kangaroo Title IX "courts" of colleges and universities need only apply the much lesser Preponderance of Evidence standard to find guilt, which they do near routinely. As is now occurring across the country, young men are most often denied Constitutional due process rights (e.g., the right to have legal representation in proceedings, the right to face and question their accuser, the right to call witnesses for their defense, and the right to present mitigating or exculpatory evidence) by virtue of the fiat issued by unelected progressive bureaucrats in the name of social justice. The leftist havens that are educational institutions are now mandated to serve as criminal investigators, judges, and juries in matters of allegations of sexual assault. If this is good policy then Congress should amend Title IX and take ownership of the policy and its outcomes but in no way should such anti-Constitutional policy be made by Executive fiat.
Kind of like a baby who survives an attempted abortion in Illinois does not even have a right to comfort care (nor even company) while it dies, an aged, once-popular comedian who survives an attempted lynching in Pennsylvania receives not an ounce of compassion from the press.
I found the presumption of guilt in this case tragic and unnerving.
Rape is one of the, if not the, most falsely reported crimes. Back in the 90´s child abuse outdid it for a while. State of Georgia responded with creating a list of anyone who was reported as a child abuser. No proof was needed to get on the list. Just anonymous phone call was sufficient. In a short time more people were on the list than the population of Georgia. Including every politician. The list was supposed to be super secret. But it leaked out like crazy.
Another situation of that time were the false reports. In one year there were over 200k accusations of child abuse in the state of Georgia. Each individual one was investigated and almost all were discarded. The vast majority were tossed due to admission by the accuser that they made it up just to get back at boyfriend or husband during divorce or break up. About 200 survived the initial investigation and went to trial. The vast majority were older male homosexual on under age boy.
Kind of surprised that the New Yorker would run such a calm, clear-eyed article about the difference between mob justice and court trials that require evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Judging by the reaction to the hung jury on social media sites, your typical liberal, feminists New Yorker reader would happily lynch the black man whom they failed to convict of rape in a fair trial. Democrats haven´t changed much in the past 150 years.
She does mention that a civil suit will have lower standards of proof, but even that has been tainted by the ambulance-chasing Gloria Allred. We keep hearing that the sheer number of accusers must mean he´s guilty, but Gloria inadvertently gave Cosby´s lawyers a massive gift by demanding that he put up a $100 million slush fund to pay off anyone who accused him of rape, and voila! Accusers came pouring out of the woodwork, many with histories of drug abuse, alcoholism or mental illness and criminal records that include fraud, extortion, prostitution and filing false police reports. Cosby´s lawyers can use that to cast doubt among jurors on the "sheer numbers" argument, the biggest obstacle they have to overcome. Thanks, Gloria!
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