Bill Cosby's new defense will only work if the legal system fails us
We just can't with Bill Cosby's newest defense.
His lawyers just submitted a brief in Cosby's sexual assault case, claiming that because he's "legally blind" and his memory has "substantially declined," he faces hardships in building a case to prove his innocence.
"How can a 79-year-old blind man defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago?" the brief reads. "The answer is simple: He cannot, and the Commonwealth knows he cannot… Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence. Moreover, Mr. Cosby’s memory has substantially declined in the last decade."
Although Cosby faces sexual assault allegations from more than 50 women, he only faces charges related to one of them. The district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, charged Cosby with three counts of indecent aggravated assault nearly a year ago in relation to claims made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004.
Cosby's attorneys argue that the case should be dismissed because so much time passed before he was arrested. However, Constand actually came forward soon after the alleged rape, but prosecutors at the time declined to charge Cosby. It wasn't until dozens of women came forward years later to accuse Cosby of sexual assault and rape that the case was reopened.
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