You know, in the good old days I used to wake up on Saturday mornings to TV shows like Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.
Today, I wake up to the news that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ended in a mistrial.
Folks, I am still waiting like the rest of you for a verdict on this Bill Cosby sexual assault trial, with Cosby accused of drugging and then having sex with his victim years ago. If convicted, Cosby could spend what is left of his life behind bars.
Day two of deliberations are over; back again, tomorrow.
I haven’t really followed a lot of this trial; in fact, this trial has been very hard to follow, period, because coverage has been so restricted. Not only did the judge throw out all the television cameras, but live tweeting of the proceedings by reporters has been banned, too. They might be trying to prevent another O.J. Simpson media circus situation. If that was the goal, it worked, because it doesn’t sound like much of a circus atmosphere there in Pennsylvania at all for the Cosby trial. Instead, the media has been going hog wild today covering Jeff Sessions. Really, D.C. is where the Big Top is these days.
In any event, this trial has been really short, lasting just six days, and the defence didn’t even call up Cosby to testify in his own defence. Their whole defence lasted just six minutes!
Cosby’s main defence strategy has seemingly been to simply crossexamine witnesses and try and discredit the prosecution’s entire case. They’ve tried to paint this whole relationship between Cosby and the victim as somehow consensual. Good luck with that one. We’ll find out soon enough what happens with Cosby.
You know, I’ve been thinking for a long time that the next time a major trial happens and we get one of these media-circus type events happening — similar to what we got with O.J. Simpson and, more recently, with the likes of Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman — that I really should get on the trial bandwagon myself, too. Next time, I ought to turn this blog over to obsessive nonstop live continuing trial coverage and analysis, just like what they do on Nancy Grace’s show. If I do that, my stats for this blog are bound to shoot way up.
It sounds like I won’t have long to wait for the next major media circus — because today Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial for sexual assault.
This trial promises to be Jian Ghomeshi times 10. Maybe even more than that.
The big news story of this day is that Bill Cosby was formally charged with aggravated indecent assault in Pennsylvania. He was arraigned, and bail was set at a million dollars during his court appearance. His mug shot is being widely posted.
All in all, this is a day I never thought I would see — at least, that would have been my thought back in the Eighties when The Cosby Show was going, or back when the Fat Albert show was going and Cosby was doing all those Jell-O ads on TV. Seriously, Bill Cosby, America’s favorite Dad? Arrested?
But truthfully, nothing surprises me anymore, especially after O.J. Simpson and his arrest and trial for murder over 20 years ago. If it could happen to him, it could happen to just about anyone, including Cosby — that is my way of thinking.
Update: Defence lawyers for Cosby have issued a statement calling the charges “unjustified” and say they plan to “mount a vigorous defence.”