Bill Cosby. Photo from abcnews.com
by Kaylyn Ahrenstein
Bill Cosby is a 78 year old man who, in the last year, has been accused by nearly 60 women of either rape, sexual battery, sexual misconduct, child sexual abuse, and/or drug facilitated sexual assault. The alleged crimes occurred throughout the years of 1965 to 2008. They said to have occurred throughout 10 U.S. states and one Canadian province. Cosby repeatedly denied these allegations, but whether he is lying or not is the biggest question on everyone’s mind (besides what do we do if Donald Trump becomes president-but that’s another story).
Bill Cosby has been a beloved part of the T.V. and comedic world for my entire life and more. I am 21 years old, he has been in the business for 52 years, that is more than twice my life time. Could he really be behind all of those crimes, or is it possible that he is simply a wealthy man and a few women knew the possibilities of winning a large case or perhaps settling. Then, after the few allegations spread more women jumped on the band wagon and now an innocent man is guilty before proven innocent. If you’re thinking to yourself “I thought that sentence was the other way around,” you’re right. Cosby should be given the benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven guilty, but the media and propaganda has caused such an uproar that he no longer has that opportunity.
Recently, the media released to the public that the legal issue of Cosby not being able to be prosecuted has changed. In January, Cosby was arrested on felony charges for these many accusations. He was released on $1 million bail and no date has been set for the case to begin. It is expected to be between 9 and 12 months before it begins according to CNN legal analyst Paul Callan.
I feel that his bail did not make sense due to the fact that it is unlikely he’d skip the trial. He could have and in my opinion should have been released on a PTA or promise to appear. The money was set, and at such a high price, because of his fame and fortune which is ridiculous because he is just another person in this situation.
As far as the ability to be prosecuted now, I believe he should have been prosecuted to start, however, if the trial began without evidence then t’s that and it would end in his innocence. I don’t know if Bill Cosby is innocent or guilty, but I do know he is not being treated like a person should be treated in this situation. He is innocent until proven guilty and he should be treated as such.
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