The man once revered as America’s dad was convicted Thursday on three counts of sexual assault.
The 7-man, 5-woman jury took less than two days to convict Bill Cosby for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball operations director who is three decades younger than the man who used to appear in commercials with children hawking Jell-O. The conviction comes in a retrial of a 2017 case in which a mistrial was declared.
Though this conviction was for his attack on one woman, there have been more than 60 cases reported. This is a win for the #MeToo movement as it proves that justice is possible for old cases that were formerly buried. The Cosby case has inspired several states to extend or abolish the statute of limitations in cases of sexual assault. They should all be abolished.
Cosby has not been sentenced yet, but he’ll most likely die in prison if he doesn’t flee. The prosecutor argued that Cosby is a flight risk as he has access to a private plane. This angered Cosby, who made a career out of avoiding profanity and chastising others for it, to shout in the courtroom, “He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”
Cosby’s $1 million bail was not revoked which kinda surprises me. Faced with dying in prison, why wouldn’t he flee the country? Cosby’s net worth has been estimated at $400 million. After spending millions on his defense, he probably has enough to live out the rest of his days in a location like Mali, Andorra, São Tomé & Príncipe, Togo, Vanuatu, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, or Micronesia, all nations without extradition treaties with the U.S. Each, much more pleasant and stable than a Yemen, Russia, China, or Syria. I’m listing these, not to give Cosby any ideas, but because I found it intriguing, it made me go down internet wormholes, and it’ll make copy editor Frank look them all up.
Cosby deserves to spend the rest of his life in an American jail cell, and not on a beach in the South Pacific.
With Cosby going down, maybe we can go from #MeToo to #WhosNext? I can think of a few candidates.
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