Cosby charged

The Herald reports:

was arrested in the twilight of his life and career Wednesday and charged with a decade-old sex crime after a barrage of accusations from dozens of women made a mockery of his image as TV’s wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

Holding a cane, the 78-year-old comedian walked slowly and unsteadily into court on the arms of his lawyers to answer charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman less than half his age at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He had no comment as he was released on $1 million bail.

It’s good to see at least one of the 50 separate allegations against Cosby will be tested in court. It is hard to imagine that 50 different women have all conspired to allege such similiar behaviour over so many decades.

But the court case will be on this one allegation only. They may find it hard to find a jury who have not heard of all the other allegations, and hence are contaminated. They also may find it hard to find a jury that could be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the guy who played the nice Dr Huxtable could be a monster. So who knows what the outcome will be, but from now on it is a judicial process.

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