Bill Cosby’s Wife Speaks!

Camille and Bill Cosby.

CBS Evening News has published a statement from Camille Cosby about the myriad sexual assault allegations against her husband:

CBS Evening News has published a statement from Camille Cosby about the myriad sexual assault allegations against her husband:
CBS Evening News has published a statement from Camille Cosby about the myriad sexual assault allegations against her husband:
CBS News tweet about the statement from the Wife of Cosby
CBS News tweet about the statement from the Wife of Cosby

If you didn’t know Rolling Stone Magazine published a story that many say was a fabricated story. Though every reason in the world points to a fabricated story Rolling Stone has yet to recant the story.

A number of details in Rolling Stone’s story about the gang rape of a University of Virginia student have been found to be untrue, and at this point, it appears that the alleged victim at the center of the story may have fabricated the incident.
For what it’s worth, though, Rolling Stone’s fundamental error was its choice not to contact or even identify the men said to have raped Jackie; Cosby has had opportunity to respond to allegations but has not done so on the record, instead issuing statements through representatives that have referred to various accusers as unreliable and their accusations as false without discussing specific details. (It’s also a matter of public record that several of Cosby’s accusers at the very least knew him—in some cases, they performed with him.)

If you get caught filming police brutality in Chicago you are going to jail! More cities and states to follow.

An amendment to a Senate bill in Chicago (actually the whole state of Illinois) has been passed to ensure that recording police officers and government officials is now a felony. This law would have made the Rodney King video and Eric Garner videos illegal.

The US Department of Justice reports that an average of 400-500 innocent civilians are murdered by police every year.

The Amendment to Senate Bill 1342 was stealthily introduced on the back of an unrelated piece of legislation last week. It essentially reestablishes a completely unconstitutional eavesdropping law that was previously overturned by The Supreme Court in March for being too draconian.

The amendment has stripped away safeguards to free speech rights from the original legislation and instituted a blanket ban on recording officials in public. It was passed by both the Illinois House and the Senate, with huge majorities, within two days of its introduction.

A post at watchdog website IllinoisPolicy.org notes that the bill is designed to prevent people from documenting interactions with cops on their cell phones by making it a class 3 felony to “eavesdrop” on city and state officials including police officers, police, an attorney general, an assistant attorney general, a state’s attorney, an assistant state’s attorney or a judge.

The new amendment legislates its way around the ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ standard in law by refraining from defining it, and merely states that recording any “oral communication between 2 or more persons” is now illegal.

A class 3 felony is punishable by a prison sentence of two to four years. The bill also outlines that it is now a class 4 felony to record a private citizen in such circumstances. The crime is punishable by one to three years in prison.

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The vaguely worded legislation states:

(a) Eavesdropping, for a first offense, is a Class 4 felony (from Ch. 38, par. 14-4) and, for a second or subsequent offense, is a Class 3 felony.

(b) The eavesdropping of an oral conversation or an electronic communication of any
law enforcement officer, State’s Attorney, Assistant State’s Attorney, the Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or a judge, while in the performance of his or her official duties, if not authorized by this Article or proper court order, is a Class 3 felony, and for a second or subsequent offenses, is a Class 2 felony

Jacob Huebert, Senior Attorney at Liberty Justice Center, notes “There’s only one apparent reason for imposing a higher penalty on people who record police in particular: to make people especially afraid to record police.”