Back in 2015, I wrote a post on this blog about Bill Cosby. The focus of my post was the fact that at the time, Mr. Cosby was the victim of ‘Trial by Social Media.’ Numerous women had come forward and accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault. The response was overwhelming.
The point I wanted to make in that post was that in western culture, our laws are clear: a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. However, social media has a tendency to take on a life of its own, and in Mr. Cosby’s case, it was out of control. Messages of hate, calls for his immediate imprisonment, cancellation of his appearances, all of this and more was leveled against Mr. Cosby. All of this before he got his day in court.
Well, now Mr. Cosby has had his day in court. At least two of them. The first case ended in a mistrial. However, in his second case, he was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers. In my previous post, I declared that if Mr. Cosby is in fact found guilty of sexual assault in a court of law, then he should be punished to the full extent of that law. And now that he has indeed been found guilty, I reiterate that Mr. Cosby should be punished for his misdeed – to the full extent of the law, his age notwithstanding.
And to Ms. Constand, I offer my sincere sympathy for having to endure the assault by Mr. Cosby and I commend her courage in coming forward. No woman should ever be treated as Ms. Constand was by Bill Cosby. Every woman deserves to be treated with honor and respect, no matter who they are. I’m thankful that she finally had her day in court, and perhaps she can begin to heal and move forward with her life.