Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bill Cosby's trial ends in hung jury

How Bill Cosby might have looked when he heard.

Okay, now Bill Cosby's trial ended in a hung jury. Not surprising considering everything. He was charged years after the alleged crimes.

Prosecutors want to try him again. I don't know if there's much point in it. It's not like the Menendez Brothers who got a hung jury the first time because they blubbed on the witness stand. Repeating the performance was too much for them and they were convicted the second time. The judge let more evidence in during Phil Spector's second trial. But what will change in Bill Cosby's case? They might let more accusers testify---only one accuser from an unrelated case was allowed to testify this time. Nearly 60 women have accused him of similar acts.

"We can never overestimate the blinding power of celebrity," said celebrity attorney Gloria Allred who represents some of the women, "but justice will come.‎"

Like I said here before, I never thought The Bill Cosby Show was funny and I hated the authoritarian, discipline-oriented Cosby Show. I did watch his Saturday morning cartoon, but look at the other crap I watched back then---Speed Buggy, Funky Phantom.

And I didn't care for his other crap. In the words of  Hannibal Buress, Cosby "gets on TV, 'pull your pants up, black people, I was on TV in the '80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’'’ (Click the link to see Buress in the You Tube video that set all this off.)

In 2004 Cosby spoke at a gala event honoring the 50th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education. Among other things he said about young blacks:  "...with names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail."

13-year-old Kiah Thomas responded in part:
When I read the remarks you made, I wondered whether Shaniqua was sitting in the audience that night, and what she felt when she heard you mention her name. I wonder if she went to school the next day feeling proud to have been able to attend a gala event to celebrate a historic occasion like the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, whether she felt like she had been kicked in the stomach, or whether she just blew off the whole thing as just another old man talking too much.

Cosby had an illegitimate daughter he sent to prison and was alienated from at least one of his "legitimate" daughters. When his daughter Erinn was sexually assaulted by Mike Tyson in 1989, Cosby convinced Tyson to get counseling rather than going to the police. He cheerfully advocated child beating on the Phil Donahue Show, telling a "funny" story about hitting his son with a stick.

And, this was certainly the least of it, but there were the promos he did for Turner Classic Movies. He said he liked old gangster movies better than new ones because there were no dirty words in them. He was so dumb that the only thing he could think of to say about classic movies is that they weren't obscene.

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