Bill Cosby retrial is set for November, judge rules
Bill Cosby will be retried on three charges of assault starting November 6, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Thursday.
By Eric Levenson, CNN

The famed comedian stood trial in June on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004.Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial in the case after jurors said they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict on any of the charges.

The trial was light on forensics and largely relied on the testimony of Constand, who worked as the director of basketball operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team at the time.She said Cosby, a powerful alum at the school, mentored her and gained her trust in order to take advantage of her. He gave her a pill that incapacitated her and then digitally penetrated her, she testified.Cosby, 79, did not testify in his own defense during the trial. His defense attorneys attacked Constand’s credibility, pointing out inconsistencies in her testimony on dates and details. His attorneys said that the sexual contact did occur but that it was part of a consensual relationship.Jurors were sharply divided in the case and reported being “hopelessly deadlocked” on a verdict. One juror who spoke with CNN afterward said that a retrial would be a “waste of money” because “there’s no new evidence.”

I believe Bill Cosby
It’s time to start believing men who say they drug or sexually assault women.
By Laura McGann

I believe you when you say in a 2005 deposition that “yes,” you give women Quaaludes.

I believe you when you say you knew it was illegal to get the prescriptions. (I also believe that the gynecologist who gave them to you knew you really shouldn’t be his patient in the first place.)

I believe you when you describe your version of what consent means, one that isn’t so much based on “yes.”

“I don’t hear her say anything,” you say during the deposition, describing your encounter with the plaintiff. “I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue, and I go into that area between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.”

I believe you when you say you’ve done this many, many times, giving young, slim women strong sedatives before these encounters.

I believe you when you say you first started to think the idea of drugging and sexually assaulting women was funny when you were 13 years old. You’d heard about a mythical drug, “Spanish Fly,” that could make women do things they didn’t want to do.

I believe you when you said decades later that you still thought it was funny, so funny that you included it in your comedy routine.

Bill Cosby trial: Mistrial declared after jury deadlocks

The high-profile case accusing Bill Cosby of aggravated indecent assault ended in a mistrial Saturday after a Pennsylvania jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.

The outcome leaves one of America’s most recognized entertainers as well as his accusers without vindication, but prosecutors immediately announced they will retry the case.

About an hour into the sixth day of deliberations, Judge Steven O'Neill declared that the jury of seven men and five women were hopelessly deadlocked in a legal battle closely watched by the public as well as dozens of women who have accused Cosby of similar misconduct in the past.

At a news conference afterward, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said prosecutors will “evaluate and review our case” and retry Cosby.

“Our plan is to move this case forward as soon as possible,” he said.

He expressed disappointment over the mistrial, praised the “extraordinary sacrifices’ of the jury and said one of the "good outcomes” of the trial was that two Cosby accusers “got to face the defendant in court.”

1. Mi sono avvicinato a un drogato e gli ho chiesto: “Cosa c'è di così speciale nella cocaina che la fa diventare così meravigliosa?” E lui mi ha detto: “Intensifica la tua personalità”. Allora gli ho risposto: “Sì, ma se sei uno stronzo?”.


2. Tra tutti gli atti irrazionali avere un figlio è sicuramente l’atto più bello che due persone innamorate possono commettere.


3. Recentemente ho compiuto 50 anni, che è un’età giovane per un albero, media per un elefante, e avanzata per un jogger il cui figlio dice: “Papà, non vengo più a correre con te a meno che non mi porti qualcosa da leggere!”.


4. Le donne non vogliono sentire cosa ne pensate. Le donne vogliono sentire quello che loro pensano, ma con una voce più profonda.


Vi sono piaciute? Vi hanno fatto sorridere? Vi hanno fatto un po’ riflettere?

Quale sentite più vicina a voi? Quale preferite?

Ah, sono tutte di Bill Cosby.

Lo so che da un bel po’ è scattato l'ostracismo contro Bill Cosby. Non si parla più di lui e non si vede in tivvù o sui giornali, a meno che non ci sia un aggiornamento su uno dei suoi processi o si diffonda qualche nuova accusa di stupro o di violenza. Cosby è stato uno dei primi di uno lungo remake che ogni giorno continua ad allungarsi (parlo di remake perché il cinema americano, soprattutto tra i suoi comici, di scandali ne ha macinati a iosa anche prima dell'era della “politically correctness”; fin dai tempi del cinema muto, quando “Fatty” Arbuckle, il comico grassone, fu accusato di aver ammazzato una giovane collega in una notte di sesso estremo).

In ogni caso, non è che possiamo mettere al rogo i quadri di Caravaggio, Picasso ed Edward Hopper perché nella vita, tra un capolavoro e l'altro, si sono comportati da pezzi di merda. Mutatis Mutandis, ovviamente. Che non vuol dire “cambiando le mutande”; anche se nella versione originale latina pure “mutanda” significa “le cose che si debbono cambiare”. Sì sappia!


I was about to toss on the a sensational debut from a new German outfit named COSBY when I realized a video has been out and about for the song. And it’s already been viewed over 100,000 times!  I guess I’m not the only person who’s fallen hard for the Munich quartet’s propulsive and grandiose synthpop on Get Up. The pulsating jam carries just the right amount of sleek funky, breathy seductive disco swagger, too. You can find the sweeping debut on iTunes, here.

How to Think About Bill Cosby and ‘The Cosby Show’
What to do with our fondness for the show is profoundly difficult — especially for African-Americans. Mr. Cosby knows what his work means, and he used it during the trial.
By Wesley Morris

Ms. Constand gave poignant testimony. Mr. Cosby declined to take the stand in his own defense — yet he tried to make statements in the court of public opinion. Hence, his barking, on his way out of the courthouse, the famous “Hey, hey, hey” catchphrase from his Saturday-morning cartoon, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” Hence, Ms. Knight Pulliam’s dismaying deployment, seemingly, as an instrument of stratagem.

As stunts go, this was cheap. At last check, Ms. Constand hadn’t accused Cliff Huxtable of anything. The notion that Mr. Cosby could make a moral escape through an alter ego is absurd. But it was also shrewd. We’re still unsure how to respond when men are accused of harassment and sexual assault. When those men are famous and powerful, the confusion becomes more acute. Mr. Cosby knows this. Mr. Cosby probably knows that for a long time he was sacrosanct, too.