Bill Cosby will have his day in court as his 2018 conviction will be appealed. The actor has won the right to have two aspects of his case reexamined by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: the judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to call five other accusers and to introduce evidence that he’d drugged women with quaaludes before raping them.
Let’s clear the elephant in the room: our current President has been accused of similar if not worse and still walks free to run the country. If we fail to acknowledge race at play in the Cosby case, we would be burying our heads in the sand.
Unfortunately, just because one man is a victim of racism does not mean he should be free if he is guilty of rape. We must examine why Donald Trump is being held to a looser standard than an aging comedian.
It’s unclear from a layman’s perspective how or why additional evidence of someone’s guilt should be considered cause for an appeal. This certainly seems lacking in logic to me, and extraordinarily lacking in respect for the many women who have already stepped up to the plate and testified against him.
Our best hope in another trial for Cosby is additional evidence coming to the forefront of his case. As more and more celebrities have been tied together by men like Jeffery Epstien, we can all cross our fingers that another trial, while emotionally exhausting, might be illuminating in the larger scheme of things.
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Another trial might give others the opportunity to step up to the plate and join the ranks of women who have already spoken out. Let’s hope 2020 has instilled our country with a greater sense of pride and bravery.
Bill Cosby, now 82-years-old, is currently serving a three to-10 year sentence after a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Whether or not rape should carry a life sentence is a broader question at stake here, one which I believe we must largely defer to his victims.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also examine a decade old agreement Bill Cosby had with former Philadelphia District Attorney Bruce Castor granting him immunity from prosecution. I agree, our country must honor its promises, but the most important obligation it has is to its people, not just the elite.
Laura Day is a Reel New York correspondent. Contact her at Laura@reelchicago.com