Bill Cosby loses bid to get criminal case dismissed

July 8, 2016 Comments Off on Bill Cosby loses bid to get criminal case dismissed

Bill Cosby loses bid to get criminal case dismissed

Saranac Hale Spencer, Maria Puente, USA TODAY July 7, 2016

A judge on Thursday denied Bill Cosby’s effort to compel the accuser in his criminal sex assault case to testify before trial, ruling the comedian shouldn’t get a new preliminary hearing.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby lost another bid to get criminal sexual-assault charges tossed, after a judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to try Cosby even though he was unable to cross-examine his accuser at a preliminary hearing.

Cosby arrived at the courthouse here in suburban Philadelphia to ask Judge Steven O’Neill to reverse an earlier decision to send Cosby to trial on charges of aggravated sexual assault stemming from an encounter between Cosby and accuser Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby’s lawyers insisted a trial could not be held until Constand gets on the stand and they get a chance to cross-examine her. Constand did not testify at the May preliminary hearing; instead, prosecutors cited a recent court ruling they believe allowed them to use her police statement taken more than a decade after the encounter.

A lower court judge agreed and upheld the charges; Cosby wanted O’Neill to reconsider.

The judge ruled against Cosby’s motion, which sought to compel Constand to testify and be cross-examined under oath, or dismiss the charges….

Cosby, 78, a mentor to Constand, 43, when she was working at Temple University, is accused of drugging and molesting her 12 years ago at his home in Montgomery County outside Philadelphia. She accused him to police a year later but charges were never filed, so she sued him in civil court. The two settled in 2006 and the case was sealed.

Then, after dozens of women began accusing Cosby of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back decades, a judge in 2015 released part of the transcript of a deposition Cosby gave in the Constand civil suit, in which he acknowledged obtaining drugs to give to women he sought for sex….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/07/07/cosby-lawyers-no-cross-examination-no-trial/86794196/

Lord Janner: Three chances missed to put MP on trial for child abuse, ‘abused 12 at children’s home’ as child sex case is dropped, Leaked email may derail criminal case against Bill Cosby, Woman tells how she was sold into sex slavery aged 14 and raped 110 times in a day

January 20, 2016 Comments Off on Lord Janner: Three chances missed to put MP on trial for child abuse, ‘abused 12 at children’s home’ as child sex case is dropped, Leaked email may derail criminal case against Bill Cosby, Woman tells how she was sold into sex slavery aged 14 and raped 110 times in a day

– Janner: Three chances missed to put MP on trial for child abuse
– Lord Janner ‘abused 12 at children’s home’ as child sex case is DROPPED
– Leaked email may derail criminal case against Bill Cosby
– Woman tells how she was sold into sex slavery aged 14 and raped 110 times in a DAY

Lord Janner ‘abused 12 at children’s home’ as child sex case is DROPPED

LORD JANNER allegedly abused 12 former residents of a children’s home, as the former Labour MP’s historic child sex abuse case was DROPPED in light of his death.
By Rebecca Perring  Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Legal proceedings were left in limbo last month following the announcement that the elderly peer had died.

But it has since emerged that the peer regualrly visited Leicestershire children’s homes between 1970 and the mid to late 1980s.

An ex-police officer claims he reported suspicions about Lord Janner, a decade before police began a full inquiry….

The former Labour peer had been accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s – allegations his family vigorously denied, insisting he was “entirely innocent”.
A jury was to decide – without resolving whether he was guilty or sentencing – if the incidents involving nine alleged victims had taken place. But Greville Janner died in December following a long illness, aged 87.

He had already been declared unfit to stand trial due to his “deteriorating and irreversible” dementia.

In a statement by the Crown Prosecution Service, seen by Express.co.uk, the investigation into the trial of Frank Beck, a care home manager who was eventually convicted of child abuse, is also explored….

The CPS say they have information about 22 alleged victims.

These include four indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988, two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988, four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987 and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988.

Earlier this year, there was outrage when Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders decided it was not in the public interest to put Janner on trial because he was so ill.

She later reversed her decision following a review of the case by David Perry, QC, who said there should be a trial of facts….

Cambridge-educated Greville Janner was MP for Leicester North West from 1970 to 1974 and for Leicester West until 1997.

The father-of-three then left the Commons to take a seat in the House of Lords as Baron Janner of Braunstone….
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/634939/Lord-Janner-child-sex-abuse-case-dropped-death

Janner: Three chances missed to put MP on trial for child abuse
By Ciaranfagan    January 19, 2016
Three chances to put Greville Janner on trial for child abuse were blown because of mistakes by the police or prosecutors, according to a senior legal figure today.

Retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques said the former Leicester MP, who died aged 86 last month, should have been charged with offences against boys in 1991, 2002 and 2007.

The cases did not proceed because of the “inadequacy” of police investigations or decisions by senior prosecutors.

The peer’s family has always insisted he was innocent of any crime….

Sir Richard’s review of the authorities’ handling of the Janner case was commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service last year.

He found the decision not to charge Lord Janner in 1991 with a series of offences against a 14-year-old boy was wrong. Sir Richard said police investigation was “inadequate” and the CPS should have pressed for further inquiries instead of closing the case.

In 2002, Leicestershire Police did not tell the CPS about a second alleged victim’s claims, he revealed….

The death of the veteran Labour politician – who was accused of 22 sexual offences against boys between 1963 and 1988 – ended the prospect of his alleged victims’ evidence ever being tested in a criminal court.

All case files have been handed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, (IICSA),

It will sit for the first time in March to begin its investigation into the late peer….
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Janner-chances-missed-MP-trial-child-abuse/story-28563333-detail/story.html

Leaked email may derail criminal case against Bill Cosby
By Ray Kelly January 18, 2016

A former district attorney says he agreed more than a decade ago that his office would not use a civil deposition given by Bill Cosby in any criminal matters, according to an email obtained by CNN.

The email written by former Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Bruce Castor  details a verbal agreement Castor had with Cosby’s attorneys about his 2005 sexual assault case.

“I can see no possibility that Cosby’s deposition could be used in a state criminal case, because I would have to testify as to what happened, and the deposition would be subject to suppression,” Castor said in the email written three months before criminal charges were brought against Cosby.

In Cosby’s deposition, Cosby detailed his romantic interest in the alleged victim; his pursuit of other young women during his long marriage; and his use of quaaludes in the 1970s as a seduction tool.

His lawyers have asked for the aggravated sexual assault charges to be dismissed, contending that they “violate an express agreement” with the district attorney at the time which they say constitutes an immunity deal….
http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/01/bill_cosby_email.html

Woman tells how she was sold into sex slavery aged 14 and raped 110 times in a DAY
A BRITISH woman has told how she was sold as a teen sex slave by her evil Albanian boyfriend and raped hundreds of times for cash.  By Kieran Corcoran  Tue, Jan 19, 2016

The woman was just 14 when her holiday flame turned vicious, beat her and sold her on to be pimped out.

She told how at her lowest ebb she was raped by 110 men in a single day, who paid €20 to spend five minutes with her.

The woman, who used the false name Megan to speak about her experiences, spent six years captive in Greece before making her escape.

Speaking to MailOnline, Megan told how she fell for Jak, a charming Albanian whom she fell for on a dream holiday to Greece.

Incredibly, after the break was over she was allowed to stay in the country with him by her permissive mother.

But after her parent, whom she said struggled with alcoholism, was off the scene, her new love turned.

The man, whom she called Jak, sold her to a Greek pimp, who took her far away and made her have sex for as many as 22 hours per day.

She was forced to hand half the money she made over to the pimp and wire the rest back to Jak every week….
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/636269/Woman-tells-how-she-was-sold-into-sex-slavery-aged-14-and-raped-110-times-in-a-DAY

Pa. court reverses conviction of Roman Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal

December 29, 2013 Comments Off on Pa. court reverses conviction of Roman Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal

Pa. court reverses conviction of Roman Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal
December 26, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA –  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.

The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn.

Lynn has been serving three to six years in prison after his child-endangerment conviction last year. Prosecutors had argued that Lynn reassigned predators to new parishes in Philadelphia when he was secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004….

But Lynn’s attorneys contended the state’s child-endangerment law at the time applied only to parents and caregivers, not supervisors like Lynn.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/26/pa-court-reverses-conviction-roman-catholic-church-official-jailed-in-clergy/

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

December 3, 2010 Comments Off on Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan. By David Corn Wed Dec. 1, 2010 2:47 PM PST

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

The previous month, a Spanish human rights group called the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners had requested that Spain’s National Court indict six former Bush officials for, as the cable describes it, “creating a legal framework that allegedly permitted torture.” The six were former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; David Addington, former chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney; William Haynes, the Pentagon’s former general counsel; Douglas Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy; Jay Bybee, former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel; and John Yoo, a former official in the Office of Legal Counsel. The human rights group contended that Spain had a duty to open an investigation under the nation’s “universal jurisdiction” law, which permits its legal system to prosecute overseas human rights crimes involving Spanish citizens and residents. Five Guantanamo detainees, the group maintained, fit that criteria.

Soon after the request was made, the US embassy in Madrid began tracking the matter. On April 1, embassy officials spoke with chief prosecutor Javier Zaragoza, who indicated that he was not pleased to have been handed this case, but he believed that the complaint appeared to be well-documented and he’d have to pursue it. Around that time, the acting deputy chief of the US embassy talked to the chief of staff for Spain’s foreign minister and a senior official in the Spanish Ministry of Justice to convey, as the cable says, “that this was a very serious matter for the USG.” The two Spaniards “expressed their concern at the case but stressed the independence of the Spanish judiciary.”….

http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/12/wikileaks-cable-obama-quashed-torture-investigation

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