Acting on a petition from about a dozen media organizations, a Montgomery County judge on Friday unsealed the identities of the jurors who convicted Bill Cosby, but told them not to publicly discuss the deliberations that led to their decision last month.
If any political conclusion can be drawn from his record as he enters his new job as President Trump's pick to represent the Justice Department in Southeastern Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain says, it is only that he is a fierce protector of constitutional rights.
While his students were struggling with teen pregnancies, complicated home lives, and learning disabilities, David T. Shulick - the former president of the Bala Cynwyd-based Delaware Valley High School Management Corp. - was spending money intended for their education and counseling on upgrades to his beach house in Margate, N.J., and his $1.1 million, 13-room Gladwyne home.
In a hearing on a petition by media organizations to release the names, Judge Steven T. O'Neill said he was still weighing how to balance the privacy rights of Cosby jurors against the presumption that their names are public information. He did not indicate when or how he might rule.
Speaking publicly for the first time, the jurors who convicted Bill Cosby last week said Monday that they were not swayed by celebrity, race, or the #MeToo movement in finding the comedy icon guilty of sexual assault charges.
Bill Cosby is not only tied to the Me Too movement as the first high-profile defendant found guilty at trial since it began. But legal experts wonder if his case might actually push Me Too into a new frontier, reshaping how the criminal justice system handles future cases.
Speaking out for the first time since a jury convicted Bill Cosby, the entertainer's publicists compared him Friday to Emmett Till, the black teen whose 1955 lynching in Mississippi - and the acquittal of his killers - became a signature moment of the civil rights era.
Montgomery County prosecutors lashed into Bill Cosby in their final pitch to jurors Tuesday, painting him as a serial sexual predator who hid for decades behind his reputation as "America's Dad" to lure unsuspecting young women into situations where they were powerless to resist his advances.
A Delaware County man convicted of hiding his past as the murderous Liberian warlord "Jungle Jabbah" was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Thursday - a historic punishment that prosecutors touted Thursday as one of the longest ever given to an accused war criminal convicted of immigration fraud in the United States.
The star witness for Bill Cosby's defense, Temple University academic adviser Marguerite Jackson, testified Wednesday that chief accuser Andrea Constand confided to her in 2004 a plan to fabricate accusations of sexual abuse to extort a celebrity. That was a year before Constand would press charges against Cosby and sue him, eventually winning a $3.4 million civil settlement.
Jeremy Roebuck covers federal courts and law enforcement.