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Bill Cosby's Freedom Rests on the Mercy of the Court

Karen Devereaux

Posted on September 22, 2018 05:05

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With a myriad of health issues, Cosby's attorneys are asking that he remain free on bail while seeking an appealed conviction. His defense team realizes this could take years to achieve--perhaps providing enough time for the defamed comedian to perish with an ounce of dignity.

Bill Cosby. The name alone conjures up memories of a beloved and respected father figure and those of a serial date rapist. The king of pudding and quaaludes is finally at a troublesome crossroad, where his fate rests in the hands of the court, as he prepares for sentencing on September 24th. At 81, Cosby is facing 30 years behind bars.

Between 1984 and 1992, Cosby played the jovial father to a family of five on The Cosby Show. During his reign, he was a spokesperson for Kodak, Coca-Cola and Jello and even voiced many of the characters for the acclaimed cartoon Fat Albert. Cosby's wide-spread visibility and comedic sensibility made him an immediate hit and remained so for more than 40 years--that was until the allegations of sexual misconduct began surfacing in late 2014.

One by one, women stepped forward accusing Cosby of rape, drug affiliated sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Before long the number of claimants reached double digits (60 in total). Overnight, the legacy he built, spanning almost five decades, came crashing down like a house of cards. Business relationships were severed, 25 honorary degrees were revoked and his beloved show was pulled from syndication. Even Spelman College, a prominent historically black school for women, returned $20M to the Cosby family as a result of the allegations (which was a very bold move, considering many HBCUs are struggling to stay afloat). Disgraced, Cosby endured the backlash over the last four years, awaiting a final outcome.

While many of the cases were thrown out due to the statute of limitations, Andrea Constand's civil suit came into question, alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted her in his home, back in 2004, while she was an employee at Temple University. A decade later, Cosby's testimony was heard before the court, where he admitted to having casual sex with women and dispensing an array of illegal drugs. While his first trial before a jury was considered a mistrial, the second attempt resulted in 3 counts of indecent sexual assault.

With a myriad of health issues, Cosby's attorneys are asking that he remain free on bail while seeking an appealed conviction. His defense team realizes this could take years to achieve--perhaps providing enough time for the defamed comedian to perish with an ounce of dignity. Whether the judge actually grants the desperate attempt of a Hail Mary will play out in the Pennsylvania courtroom.

Karen Devereaux

Posted on September 22, 2018 05:05

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Source: TMZ

Bill Cosby better enjoy what little freedom he's got left, 'cause prosecutors in his sexual assault case want him locked...

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