Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail: Cosby Gets 3 to 10

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Bill Cosby, ruled a “sexually violent predator” when Judge Steven T. O’Neill upheld a state board’s finding, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for his assault on Andrea Constand. Defense attorneys requested that Cosby be granted freedom on bail while the sentence is appealed. It was denied.

Now do you see why Brett Kavanaugh is denying this so strongly? Maryland has no statute of limitations on sexual assault.

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  1. puck says:

    In my opinion based only on my reading from afar, Cosby did at least one crime. Unfortunately there was no evidence of it. They railroaded a guilty man.

    Kavanaugh would be right to fear the precedent of an felony conviction on a he said/she said with nothing else resembling evidence. That is a brave new world for criminal law. But if it keeps Kavanaugh off the court, bring on the brave new world.

    Coons had it right when he said he was voting against Kavanaugh based on his extremist views of executive impunity. Everybody else seems to need a sex charge to get their motor started.

  2. RE Vanella says:

    Not a court but a job interview. Not buying the Cosby angle.

    The other point is fair. And fairly played. Again, it’s politics not a court. All this teeth gnashing is funny to me. (See also the Bookchin in the other thread.)

    Frankly, in court, I’m a little more concerned with the railroading of the innocent, the non violent, the mental ill and the addicted.

    As far as Kavanaugh’s job interview, he can choke on the scrote.

    Having to drag out the lurid and purient isn’t nice. No other way.

  3. puck says:

    “Frankly, in court, I’m a little more concerned with the railroading of the innocent, the non violent, the mental ill and the addicted.”

    If we allow courts the power to railroad with insufficient evidence, that power will be used against the innocent and guilty alike. That is why the Cosby conviction makes me uneasy.

    • Alby says:

      “If we allow courts the power to railroad with insufficient evidence, that power will be used against the innocent and guilty alike.”

      We have allowed that since the beginning of the republic. We just didn’t used to allow it against white men of a certain standing.

  4. RE Vanella says:

    If we allow? We allow it right now. Check out the new episodes of Serial. Everyday all day on the poor.

    And, look, I’m no expert in it, but you seem to have a dim view of the weight of evidence. That’s not what I’m seeing…

    No idea why Cosby specifically had this grave impact on you.

  5. puck says:

    It helps if you get your mind off sex and think about the law in general. If I say you burglarized my house, a collection of claims that you burglarized a bunch of other houses is not evidence for my claim. But that is what happened in the Cosby trial.

  6. RE Vanella says:

    I don’t disagree.

    My point is you think Cosby is some sort of watershed. I don’t.

    Taibbi suggested Chomsky would human history describe it as unsurprisingly horrible.

    Where’ve you been?

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/preface-an-interview-with-noam-chomsky-the-fairway

  7. puck says:

    I think Cosby has a strong case for appeal. That doesn’t mean I think an appeal will be successful. It depends on which judge they draw. If the judge respects the Zeitgeist more than the law, Cosby loses the appeal.

  8. RE Vanella says:

    You must have followed this pretty closely. You just think flat-out he’s not guilty on the charge then?

  9. RE Vanella says:

    And once again, if you believe this is a new turn of events I can point you toward Brooklyn and the Bronx from about 1969 to about 1995 as just one recent example. Social & cultural shit has impacted enforcement of “the law” since there’s been a law.

    Why has your concerned piqued just now?

  10. puck says:

    From my armchair, I think the preponderance of evidence is that Cosby did the act he was convicted for.

  11. Kelly says:

    I think that Cosby and any other man that drugs women and then assault them should be punished. I don’t think is lawyer should of blamed on race. That has nothing to do with the verdict.

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