After criminal charges, attention turns again to Cosby's honorary degrees
BY LAURA BENSHOFF, December 31, 2015, Newsworks
In the wake of felony sexual assault charges against comedian Bill Cosby in Montgomery County, public pressure is increasing on area universities to revoke honorary degrees granted to the famous television dad.
On Wednesday, the Montgomery County district attorney's office filed three felony charges against comedian Bill Cosby, stemming from an alleged 2004 sexual assault.
In the last two years, more than 50 women have come forward with allegations that the avuncular television personality drugged and assaulted them. However, it was Cosby's own testimony from an unsealed deposition that's revived criminal charges against the comedian.
As new information came to light, Swarthmore and Drexel universities . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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