The biggest outrage of last week was Bill Cosby being freed from prison. The saddest part is that the appeals court’s decision was legally correct. Cosby was not found innocent; he was freed on a technicality which was caused by a poor decision by an elected official. I’ll endeavor to expand on that below and tie it to several other things. The ultimate blame lies with the American people.
Cosby was in prison for what most of us would call rape. His cases dragged on for years with various legal challenges that boiled down to a delay game. (Similar to a common Trump litigation strategy.) During one of those investigations/litigations Bruce Castor was serving as Montgomery (PA) County District Attorney. Castor sloppily promised Cosby immunity from prosecution. That ended up being Cosby’s get out of jail card. Don’t be surprised if Cosby sues for and receives compensation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for wrongful imprisonment. To say Mr. Castor’s decision was stupid is an understatement.
Castor again reared his head as a defense counsel for Donald Trump in his second impeachment. Trump’s defense was comical if not terrible but with what was effectively a rigged jury the victory was assured before the “trial” ever started. If Trump had never been elected there certainly would have never been an impeachment. If Castor hadn’t been a Republican player including two terms to elected office he most likely would have never been a member of Trump’s defense team. Both Castor and Trump got into elected office because enough American voters made poor decisions.
These people have no shame or conscious. In 2017 Castor sued Andrea Constand (Cosby’s victim in this case) for defamation. That is not well known but I want to do my part to amplify it. (Resemble the Trump countersuit gambit in your mind?)
It is impossible to look at the above without reflecting on the #MeToo movement. The Cosby release was no doubt a setback but show me the social movement whose “curve” is a steady, uninterrupted rise. There were at least two very positive development for the movement in sports last week.
The Washington Football Team of the NFL had a bit of a controlling management shuffle in reaction to multiple credible sexual harassment allegations. What they really mean and what their long term impact will be are still question marks, but there was movement.
Major League Baseball (MLB) placed Los Angles Dodgers pitching ace Trevor Bauer on administrative leave pending the law enforcement investigation of credible sexual assault allegation the details of which I cannot go into in a column that strives to maintain a PG rating. Bauer is not some deep in the bullpen pitcher; he is arguably the best pitcher in baseball at the moment.
If there is a “boy’s club/frat house” in contemporary America it is professional sports. To see the NFL and MLB taking action is an example to every young person in America and a welcome change.
If you are a regular reader, you know I keep a steady eye on the 14-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases. While the overall news is good, I am seeing something disturbing. As of this writing the most recent daily numbers available are from July 3rd. (I do not have confidence in the next few days anyway. Weekend and holiday numbers tend to be less reliable.)
For several weeks the percentage decrease in new cases was in the 20s or teens. The daily new cases were running in the mid to low five figures. This is proof that the vaccination program is working. On June 30th the percentage dropped to -10%. July 1 was -5% and on July 2nd (the last day available that was not a holiday or weekend) the percentage of change was actually an increase of 17%. The Delta variant is out there and vaccination rates are too low in mainly red states. Of the 17 states with the lowest vaccination rates all voted for Trump in 2020. The positive correlation is striking! Will poor decisions end up in avoidable deaths? The answer seems clear.
Elections and personal decisions have consequences please keep that in mind in the future.
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