Camille Cosby discusses trial of her husband
Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Correspondent | 11/8/2018, midnight
With accountability, perhaps some of the actions of Steele and his staff would not have occurred.
Perhaps O’Neill would have recused himself after the revelation of his conflict with former District Attorney Bruce Castor who had sworn in an affidavit that he made a deal with Mr. Cosby that should have prevented even the first trial from occurring.
In 2006, Castor and Mr. Cosby agreed that the comedian would waive his right against self-incrimination and sit for a civil deposition – a deposition that Castor agreed could never be used against Mr. Cosby in any potential future prosecution.
“Upon my review of the affidavit provided by Mr. Castor at minimum, taking what was sworn as true, I would suggest there is a clear concern,” attorney Michael A. Walker said in an interview last week. Walker helms a law firm in Norristown, Pa. near the courthouse where Mr. Cosby was tried and convicted of aggravated indecent assault.
“The Law and those protections that we are afforded through our Constitution are there to reach just decisions for each citizen,” Walker said. “Irrespective of guilt or innocence our system of jurisprudence is grounded in the notion of fair play. Moreover, the law with regard for recusal is pretty settled, to wit if there is a reasonable question of the impartiality of the Judge then he should be disqualified.
“The law on disqualification goes further, stating that if the judge has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party with personal knowledge of facts that are in dispute in the proceeding.
“It is hard to say what this will mean for Mr. Cosby’s appeal, but it is certainly something that should be reviewed because by the standards laid out above, again taking what sworn as true, what happened in that case didn’t meet the fairness test.”
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the National Black Press of America, stated: “We value the opinion and timely call to action to vote from Mrs. Camille Cosby. We note with appreciation that she trusted the NNPA to publish her Op Ed.”