On June 17, 2017, after five days of deliberation, a mistrial was declared in the trial of actor/comedian Bill Cosby. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each count punishable by up to ten years. It’s been reported on the three counts, the juror votes were (10–2), (11–1), and (10–2) in favor of guilty. Montgomery County (outside Philadelphia) District Attorney Kevin Steele, promised at that time he would retry the case, and now he’s making good. Jury selection for the retrial will start March 29, 2018.
Comic Hannibal Buress had been discussing Cosby in his stand-up routine for several months before people finally noticed. He condemned Cosby for criticizing young black men for their dress and lifestyle by saying, “Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby, so that kind of brings you down a couple notches.” He encouraged audience members to, “Google; Bill Cosby, rape.” Some did and eventually, things got crazy.
Between those that had come forward earlier and those that came after Cosby’s alleged behavior became widely known. Over 60 women came forward to make claims against Cosby, the vast majority after the statute of limitations had expired. Many feel his guilt is clear and many others feel it’s a conspiracy against Cosby for a variety of reasons.
Cosby will be age 81 in July and is in poor physical health. He has been stripped of Honorary Degrees, removed from Boards and is the target of several civil lawsuits. Guilty or not, I’m sure he never imagined his career… his life would close out in this manner. Bill Cosby and his wife Camille who continues to stand by him, have been great donors to many causes including $20 million to Spelman College in Atlanta. Spelman recently cut ties with Cosby and is returning the $20 million.
Whatever your feelings about Cosby, his legal troubles are about to be back in the headlines. Stay tuned!