PA--Victims comment on tomorrow’s Cosby hearing
For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
We hope Bill Cosby loses tomorrow in court. And we hope that more people will understand that civil lawsuits can help with criminal prosecution, no matter what happens in this particular case.
A number of predator priests have been criminally pursued using evidence gained in civil litigation. That’s a good thing. We hope that happens with Cosby.
Civil and criminal cases are separate. What one person allegedly promised in one realm should have no bearing on what happens in the other realm.
It’s unclear what an ex-prosecutor may or may not have promised Cosby’s ex-lawyer. But it’s crystal clear what Cosby himself admitted to under oath about his creepy behavior and attitudes towards women.
Regardless of the outcome tomorrow, we hope every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or cover ups by Cosby or his family or lawyers will find the strength to call police, expose wrongdoers and protect kids.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Karen Polesir of Ambler, SNAP Philly director (267-992-9463,email@example.com)
Odds are against dismissal of Cosby's sex assault case -experts
NEW YORK | BY JOSEPH AX, Reuters, Mon Feb 1, 2016 7:39am EST
Bill Cosby's lawyers may face difficulty in convincing a Pennsylvania judge this week to throw out sexual assault charges in light of what the disgraced comedian's defense team characterizes as a decade-old non-prosecution deal, legal experts said.
Cosby is due back in court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, after the 78-year-old entertainer was charged last month with sex assault in 2004. The alleged victim says Cosby had plied with alcohol and drugs.
It is the only criminal prosecution that Cosby has ever faced, even though dozens of women have accused him of assault, in some cases decades ago.
The hearing outside Philadelphia will center on . . .
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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