Bill Cosby’s Role As “Public Moralist” Led To Release Of Documents

This week’s newest revelation about Bill Cosby is dark (as ever) but a little vindicating: The judge in the trial, U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno, wrote in his decision to release the documents from Andrea Constand’s 2005 civil suit against Cosby that the comedian’s stance as a “public moralist” tipped the scales in favor of releasing the documents, stating:

The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest.

Judge Robreno cited a 2004 bit about pound cake, in which Cosby opined:

“Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”

Which, of course, doesn’t come off with quite the reputability and trustworthiness the public thought Cosby had before more than 40 women accused him of drugging and raping them, or before Cosby tried to hide documents in which he admitted on the record that he bought Quaaludes with the intent to drug and assault women.

Pretty compelling argument for taking the log out of your own eye before pointing out the speck in someone else’s, eh?


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