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The Cosby Saga, Pt 4: June 15, 2017 The Jury Deadlock (VIDEOS)

The Cosby Saga, Pt 4: June 15, 2017 The Jury Deadlock
Excerpt: “NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial is still at an impasse — after some 40 hours of deliberations over four days — but they’re returning Friday for a fifth day of trying to reach a unanimous verdict.
Judge Steven O’Neill sent the seven men and five women of the jury, clearly fatigued, back to the hotel for the night around 9 p.m.; they will return Friday at 9 a.m. to try again.
“Nine o’clock  is long enough to be debating for this day,” O’Neill said, as he sent the jurors off.
Then, curiously, the judge and the attorneys had a private meeting. After a few minutes, they and the  jury returned to the courtroom. Many of the jurors were frowning.
The judge addressed the panel, saying he did not want to “intrude on deliberations,” but “if there is anything you need me to know, you will let the court know….I just want to be clear where we are right now.” O’Neill, like the jury, appeared tired from another 12-hour day.”

Excerpt: “After 30-plus hours of deliberation, jurors in the Bill Cosby criminal sexual assault trial have been instructed by the judge to try again after telling him Thursday morning that they are deadlocked.
In other words, they cannot come to an agreement on a verdict. And in Cosby’s case, jurors told Judge Steven O’Neill at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., that they “cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts.” Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand.
Shortly after reconvening the court upon receiving the jury’s news early Thursday, O’Neill directed them to try again. The news about the deadlock, or lack of consensus, was predicted by some experts as deliberations extended for days.
However, observers also are not surprised by the judge’s latest directions.
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LINKS OF INTEREST

Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC-fs0xPO7U
With Only One Black Person Chosen So Far, Is Racial Bias a Factor In Cosby Jury Selection? – Atlanta Black Star 

Published on Nov 1, 2016 Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s damaging deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial, saying he agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t be charged with a crime. (Nov. 1) https://plus.google.com/+NanaAkosuaBaakanAgyiriwah/posts/EMAykW44C1o Bill Cosby’s daughter, Erinn, talks sexual assault by Mike Tyson; relationship with father.
http://nanas-rants.blogspot.com/2015/07/bill-cosbys-daughter-erinn-talks-sexual.html

   


The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist 
http://www.theinclusionsolution.me/the-buzz-cliff-huxtable-is-not-a-rapist/ THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-central-question-in-the-bill-cosby-criminal-case
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/bill-cosby-sex-abuse-lawsuit-wife-camille-deposition-postponed/
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Caseshttp://www.justjared.com/2016/01/06/bill-cosby-wont-be-charged-in-two-sexual-assault-cases/
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism ‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
http://www.justjared.com/2017/05/16/bill-cosby-gives-first-interview-about-allegation-in-two-years-racism-may-very-well-be-a-factor/
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh and Hurtful’
http://www.justjared.com/2017/04/26/bill-cosbys-daughter-defends-him-calls-rape-allegations-harsh-hurtful/
Bill Cosby must be a nice guy, he didn’t get charged! http://www.politicalstew.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=155785
What is the Spousal Privilege? 
http://www.golawpc.com/blog/2016/04/05/bill-cosby-spousal-privilege/ Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s wife Camille Cosby
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/mother-bill-cosby-accuser-sends-letter-comedian-wife-article-1.2143774
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault investigation
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/lapd-search-hefner-estate-bill-cosby-investigation-article-1.2036637
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.https://mediadiversified.org/2015/11/24/no-mrs-mugabe-i-am-not-responsible-for-my-rape/
The Truth About Cosby Sweaters
http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/the-truth-about-cosby-sweaters/
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/30/us/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-investigation-pennsylvania/index.html
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now” 
http://stuppid.com/bill-cosby-look-alike/
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black Americahttp://www.salon.com/2014/10/29/we_must_abandon_bill_cosby_a_broken_trust_with_women_black_america/
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Televisionhttp://www.indiewire.com/2014/11/what-bill-cosbys-fall-says-about-the-new-age-of-television-67656/
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/bill-cosby-rape-allegations-explained-why-are-these-allegations-coming-out-now-why-didn-t-these-9874326.html
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand http://www.eonline.com/news/852576/bill-cosby-thinks-sexual-assault-allegations-may-be-rooted-in-racism
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses 
http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94100&page=1
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007 The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/20/i-warned-you-about-bill-cosby-in-2007
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-cosbys-untold-story-agony-726162

Murder of Ennis Cosby 
https://readtiger.com/wkp/en/Murder_of_Ennis_Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying? January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG 
https://readtiger.com/articles.latimes.com/1997-01-17/news/mn-19493_1_ennis-cosby
Did Bill Cosby Think That He Was Exempt From White Supremacy?http://melanoidnation.org/did-bill-cosby-think-that-he-was-exempt-from-white-supremacy/
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ reduxhttps://newsinsideout.com/2014/12/bill-cosbys-secret-messages-disclosed-mkultra-rape-demon-redux/
Hollywood Zionists Send Message to Bill Cosby by Killing His Only Sonhttps://nodisinfo.com/hollywood-zionists-send-message-to-bill-cosby-by-killing-only-his-son/
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKGdz77jUJo
THE DEVIL AND ROMAN EMPEROR CALIGULA IN THE WHITE HOUSE, DONALD DRUMPF, KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, THE RED MASS BLOOD RITUAL, FALLEN ANGELS, DEMONS and SPIRITS
https://mindcontrolblackassassins.com/category/bill-cosby/ http://uvideoplay.com/video/ENNIS-COSBY-DEATH-CERTIFICATE-VideoDownload_UDl1dmJsdzZfc0k.html

Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos  

What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C88zFZkPZAI
Dr. Huxtable no more, Bill Cosby lost persona after 13 rape accusationshttp://thegrio.com/2014/11/12/bill-cosby-rape-accusations/
Over defense objections, Cosby ordered to stand trialhttp://www.philly.com/philly/news/20160525_Cosby_due_in_court_Tuesday_in_criminal_case.html
New book details Bill Cosby’s road to success amid personal tragedy http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/new-book-details-bill-cosby-road-success-personal-tragedy-article-1.1922805
Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument 
http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/06/12/cosby-declines-take-stand-defense-attorney-delivers-2-hour-closing-argument
Cosby trial ends with passionate closing statements: ‘It’s not romantic. It’s criminal.’ 
https://thinkprogress.org/cosby-trial-wrap-up-1fdd57d37889
Cosby supporters ask, ‘Where is the Black community?’ http://www.phillytrib.com/news/cosby-supporters-ask-where-is-the-black-community/article_9d1dbaa8-7768-5462-923d-b680c31f74be.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/06/15/bill-cosby-trial-what-does-deadlock-mean-whats-next/102888090/# https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2017/06/15/bill-cosby-trial-day-9-anxiety-outside-jury-room-both-sides-wait/102877226/#

The Cosby Saga, Part 2: Last Day of the Cosby Trial (Videos)

Atlanta Black Star Article: Posted June 12, 2017

“Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument”

Excerpt: “NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s trial raced toward a close Monday, June 12, with his lawyer telling the jury that the comedian and the woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her were lovers who had enjoyed secret “romantic interludes.”

Declining to take the stand in his own defense, the 79-year-old TV star left it to his attorney to argue that Cosby’s 2004 sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consensual. Lawyer Brian McMonagle said in his closing argument that while Cosby had been unfaithful to his wife, he didn’t commit a crime.” 
LINKS OF INTEREST

Watch Long-Lost Footage Bill Cosby Eyeing Sofia Vergara in Interview
Bill Cosby Moves to Bar Victim Expert From Sex Assault Trial
Published on Nov 1, 2016
Bill Cosby’s lawyers pressed a judge Tuesday to keep the comedian’s damaging
deposition in a decade-old lawsuit out of his sexual assault trial, saying he
agreed to answer questions after being assured he wouldn’t be charged with a
crime. (Nov. 1)
The Buzz: Cliff Huxtable Is Not a Rapist
THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN THE BILL COSBY CRIMINAL CASE
Off The Hook! Bill Cosby’s Wife Gets Deposition Postponed
Bill Cosby Won’t Be Charged in Two Sexual Assault Cases
Bill Cosby Gives First Interview About Allegations in Two Years: Racism
‘May Very Well’ Be a Factor
Bill Cosby’s Daughter Defends Him, Calls Rape Allegations ‘Harsh AND;
Hurtful’
What is the Spousal Privilege?
Mother of Bill Cosby accuser Jennifer Thompson sends letter to comedian’s
wife Camille Cosby
LAPD to search Hugh Hefner’s estate during Bill Cosby sexual assault
investigation
No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.
Bill Cosby arraigned; TV star’s attorneys vow to fight ‘unjustified’ charge
Bill Cosby Look-Alike: “My Life Sucks Now”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America
What Bill Cosby’s Fall Says About the New Age of Television
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? And why has nobody taken legal action?
Bill Cosby Thinks Sexual Assault Allegations May Be Rooted in Racism, Does Not Plan to Testify Against Andrea Constand
Convicted Killer of Ennis Cosby Confesses
I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn that the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.
Bill Cosby’s Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son’s Tragic Murder
Murder of Ennis Cosby
Can Respect Mute Media’s Frenzy in Cosby Slaying?
January 17, 1997|HOWARD ROSENBERG
Bill Cosby’s secret messages disclosed MKULTRA ‘Rape Demon’ redux
THE MURDER OF ENNIS COSBY
Cosby Show, Boule’ and the News: The Cause for Killing Off Cos
What did Bill Cosby do to piss someone off in Hollywood?
Dr. Huxtable no more, Bill Cosby lost persona after 13 rape accusations
Over defense objections, Cosby ordered to stand trial
New book details Bill Cosby’s road to success amid personal tragedy
Cosby Declines to Take Stand; Defense Attorney Delivers 2-Hour Closing Argument
Cosby trial ends with passionate closing statements: ‘It’s not romantic. It’s criminal.’

Remembering a rape | Leaving the Deserted Alley

“There have been a lot of responses to the Cosby “Rape” Allegations but I think this one speak so succinctly to the mind of the rape “victim” and how it’s possible to keep it unreported for years.” NB

Remembering a rape/Leaving the deserted alley

The Bill Cosby rape allegations really started getting to me right around the time Philadelphia magazine’s Victor Fiorillo announced he was writing a theater piece about them. As a theater critic, I found myself one step deeper insidethe widening circle of accusations. But it wasn’t just that. I was raped in high school, or, more accurately, during the summer between my freshman and sophomore years.

(Photo by Pablo Vazquez, via Creative Commons/deviantart.com)

Fiorillo, discussing the accusations on WHYY’s Radio Times, mentioned Judy Huth, who filed suit against Cosby in California for an alleged molestation that occurred when she was 15. In Pennsylvania, Fiorillo said, the statute of limitations for statutory sexual assault, a second-degree felony, doesn’t run out until the victim turns 50. I’m 45. I never knew.

With each new woman who stepped forward to accuse Cosby, with Rolling Stone’s UVA story falling to pieces and potentially damaging the credibility of a new generation of victims, my own story felt perpetually pressed against my throat,forcing its way out. Though more than 20 women have now come forward,
when my husband, an attorney with an almost unfailingly steady moral compass, watched a CNN special
with me about the case, he said, “I didn’t know what to believe until I saw their faces and heard them speak.” I was shocked. To me, from the first, their accounts held ironclad key words and themes. I knew
implicitly why regular women held back for decades, even when reporting the incident wouldn’t result in bringing down any institutions, academic or cultural. I knew I was obligated to tell my story, one that also
went unreported.

A high-school sleepover

The night I was raped, a friend whose parents were out of town hosted a sleepover. It wasn’t much as far as high school parties go — just a few girls, even fewer guys, and later, someone’s older brother and his
friend, both men in their mid-20s. There was white wine, which we drank, and much discussion of the older brother, whom the girls all liked, but who wasn’t really my type — bulldog body, cheesy mustache, slicked-back hair, his friend a shorter, stockier version pulled from the same mold.

Still, I was enough of an alpha girl to feel flattered when the older brother asked me to go upstairs with him, and insecure enough to follow. He led me into a bedroom, and whatever I imagined, a makeout session, some conversation, dissipated when he asked what I was waiting for, and roughly told me to get on the bed. Again, I did what he asked. Though it wasn’t my first time, I was disgusted, not with him, a grown man who should have known better, but with myself, for letting it happen, for being so needy, so slutty.

Afterward, I told my friends I felt sick and went to bed. I awoke to find a man on top of me. The room was dark, and, confused, I asked if it was the older brother. He answered, “Yeah, that’s who it is. Go back to
sleep.” It wasn’t; it was his friend. I didn’t fight back, because if  my own friends hadn’t protected me, hadn’t told him to leave me alone, what was the point? Instead, I waited for it to end, and when it did, he
left and again, I listened; I went back to sleep.

What could they do?

In the morning, furious, I asked my friends why they let him come upstairs. They said they didn’t know what was happening, but even if they did, what could they have done? These were men; we were girls. We
let them in and flirted with them and got what we deserved. I called my mother to pick me up. Later, rumors spread throughout our school about what I did that night. I told some of the girls I was talking to a lawyer about pressing charges, but I wasn’t. I just wanted them to know that what happened was wrong.

I got on with my life, and the decades slid past. Occasionally, some news story or Facebook post would trigger my memories, and I’d be right back in that room, waiting for it to end, but mostly, I shoved them
away. Except now, the memories shoved back. I frightened my teen daughter with warnings about serial killers, drugged drinks at parties, and the importance of traveling in groups. I indoctrinated my teen son
about rape culture and the necessity of stepping forward if he saw intoxicated friends or strangers at a party and the situation didn’t  look or feel right. It was all good advice, but delivered with a shrill sense of panic. My internal struggles were leaking into my parenting, and for the first time, I told my husband of 20 years what happened, in detail.

Saying nothing then . . .

I didn’t report my rape when it happened 30 years ago, and here’s why: I was embarrassed. The rapist was connected to friends. I was certain my own friends knew what was happening, and no one stopped it. I was so young. I didn’t know his last name. I didn’t want my friend to get in trouble for hosting the party. Within the course of that year, both of my grandmothers passed away, my parents separated, and a classmate who was there that evening was killed in a car crash. I was dealing with enough. I thought I brought it on myself. I thought it would be expensive and difficult. I was afraid my dad and brother might try to settle the issue on their own. I wanted to forget it happened. I thought I was fine.

A few years ago, I visited a therapist and mentioned the incident in a cavalier manner. “But,” she said, “you know that was rape.”

“Yeah, I know,” I answered, “but I’m fine. I’m over it.” I’m not.

If I was unwilling to report the nobody who raped me, when I had a supportive family, access to an attorney, witnesses, proof, and people who could find him, why would anyone imagine that these women, with their own lives and struggles, would report Bill Cosby at the height of his powers? Sometimes it takes a while to gain back that inner fortitude. Sometimes it takes 30 years.

. . . but now?

I’m now faced with a dilemma. Learning there are five years left on the statute of limitations is a gift because it puts power I never knew I  had squarely into my hands. Recently, my daughter and I watched an episode of The Sopranos in which Dr. Melfi, Tony’s therapist, holds onto the knowledge that if she wanted, she could ask Tony to do away with her rapist at any time. Just owning that knowledge was enough power for her. My daughter couldn’t understand why she didn’t use it, but I could.

The night after learning I could still press charges, I lay in bed, thrilled and terrified. I kept second-guessing my age at the time, until I remembered a box in our basement that held all my old diaries. I rummaged around until I found an electric blue one decorated with hearts and song lyrics and boyfriends’ names. Sure enough, there was a dated entry referring specifically to the men involved and what they did.

“Well, anyway,” I concluded, “that happened.” Even then, in my own diary, I tried to erase it away, and yet it remains all these years later, tangible evidence that rape refuses to disappear, no matter how hard you try to suppress it. Khaled Hosseini wrote in The Kite Runner, “The past claws its way out. Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last 26 years.”

Where is he now?

Still, I wonder if the man who raped me cleaned up his act. Maybe he has a wife and children and a job, and I feel protective of them, even as I try to protect myself. Statutory sexual assault is a second-degree felony and can carry with it a ten-year sentence. Maybe I should leave him alone and assume karma had its way with him. After all, he didn’t seem to be headed for greatness. And then I read the statistics: nine out of ten campus rapes are committed by serial rapists. My circumstances were different, but I wonder if I’m his only victim, who else he attacked after I didn’t report him, or if he’s still attacking.

I still don’t know what I’ll do with this new information, but I’m grateful to the brave women who came  forward en masse to hold Bill Cosby accountable for his alleged crimes. I know why they waited so long and why they stopped waiting, and I also know that if it weren’t for their strength, I might never have found mine.

Re-printed from: Remembering a rape | Broad Street Review

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