April 25, 2016
Woman, 20, escapes armed rapist after 11 hours Police are investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman who escaped her attacker Saturday afternoon after an 11-hour ordeal. The woman told investigators she was abducted at 4 a.m. around 49th Street and Lancaster Avenue when she was forced by a man with a gun into a black vehicle with tinted windows and a trash bag covering the driver-side rear window. The victim, who had been bound with duct tape, freed herself at 57th Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia around 3 p.m., police said, about two miles from where she was abducted.
April 22, 2016
WHEN I read Jenice Armstrong's article concerning Ebony magazine and Bill Cosby, I wanted to applaud both the magazine and her for the cultural honesty. I am a 70-year-old black male who has been deeply involved in the civil-rights movement, from the late 1960s to the present, although I am less active because of my medical problems. It has become increasingly clear that too many of our people, including those of renown and stature, refuse to allow us as a race to be honest and truthful in all our facts about persons of color who are celebrities (Cosby, O.J. Simpson, etc.)
April 17, 2016 |
Andrea Constand's lawyer on Friday accused Bruce L. Castor Jr. of lying when the former Montgomery County district attorney raised questions about her client's credibility during a February hearing in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case. Castor's testimony was untruthful, lawyer Bebe Kivitz said, and was meant to undermine Constand as the key witness in Cosby's criminal case if it proceeds to trial. "He was on a crusade," Kivitz said, urging a federal judge in Philadelphia to grant her access to communications Cosby's lawyers had with Castor before he took the stand.
April 15, 2016 |
A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned the point of Bill Cosby's request to reseal the decade-old court documents that have helped reignite criminal and civil sexual-assault cases against him. During arguments before judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, one of Cosby's attorneys acknowledged that resealing the records could be akin to putting toothpaste back into the tube. Judge Thomas L. Ambro quipped that even that metaphor might not go far enough.
April 14, 2016 |
As Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial remains on hold, a fierce battle is raging on the sidelines over what has become the evidential cornerstone in an array of interlocking legal claims: the once-sealed criminal and civil records about his now-infamous 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand. Judges from Philadelphia to Massachusetts are being asked to rule on who can access the documents, how they can be used, and if their partial release last summer was a mistake. Beyond shaping the civil cases, the outcome of these tangential disputes in coming weeks could bolster or create roadblocks for prosecutors in Montgomery County pursuing the only criminal charge lodged against the 78-year-old entertainer.
April 1, 2016 |
Remember all the hoo-hah about Tidal, the streaming service owned by some of music's wealthiest performers, which was going to revolutionize the flailing industry and make sure artists got paid? TMZ.com reports that Jay Z is suing the former owners and execs of Tidal for $15 million, claiming they inflated their subscription numbers like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. According to reports, Jay Z was told the streaming service had 540,000 subscribers but now believes the number was much lower.
March 31, 2016
By Matthew T. Mangino The purported deal between former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor and Bill Cosby has had an immediate impact on Cosby's prosecution. No, it hasn't resulted in the case being thrown out - yet - but it has resulted in the prosecution being delayed and derailed. Defense attorneys contend that the charges against Cosby violated an agreement struck in 2005 with Castor. Cosby's lawyers say Castor promised not to prosecute the comedian if he agreed to testify in a civil lawsuit filed by his accuser, Andrea Constand.
March 23, 2016 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia has denied a bid by Bill Cosby to block the release of files pertaining to the sexual-assault lawsuit he settled a decade ago with Andrea Constand. In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody declined to quash a subpoena for the documents issued last year to Constand's lawyer by seven women suing the entertainer in Massachusetts. The dispute is the latest legal battle for records relating to the 2005 civil litigation and criminal investigation into Constand's claim that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Cheltenham home - the same incident in which he now faces prosecution in Montgomery County.
March 19, 2016 |
Bill Cosby's chief criminal defense lawyer hosted a campaign fund-raiser and donated $2,500 to a former Montgomery County district attorney months before calling him as a primary witness in a bid to derail the entertainer's sexual-assault trial. Details emerged Thursday as attorney Brian J. McMonagle sought to quash a subpoena from Cosby accuser Andrea Constand seeking details of any other political contributions that he, Cosby, or their employees may have made to Bruce L. Castor Jr. as he ran to try to reclaim his previous office months before testifying on the entertainer's behalf.
March 8, 2016
_ A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. This year's Oscar winner for documentary short, which looks at so-called honor killings in Pakistan through the story of a young woman who survived her father and uncle's attempt to kill her, makes its television debut. _ DAMIEN. 10 p.m. Monday, A&E. Bradley James stars as war photographer Damien Thorn, who's turned out better than I'd expected the brat from The Omen to in a series from Glen Mazzara ( The Walking Dead )