Is Bill Cosby Being Punished for his Speech?

Is Bill Cosby Being Punished for his Speech?

Bill Cosby continued to get the Confederate flag treatment when it was announced that a bronze statue of the beleaguered comedian would be removed from its pedestal at Disney World in Florida.

An amateur video posted at YouTube shows that the bust, which had appeared at the park’s Academy of Television and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza, has indeed been taken down.

This expunging of the comedian’s image is a result of the release of 2005 court documents in which Cosby admitted giving now-illegal Quaaludes to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex. The Associated Press had gone to court to get release of the documents, and a judge authorized the release of the deposition. Now the accuser in that trial has asked that all his testimony be made public.

From Cosby’s deposition in answer to his accuser’s attorney:

“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”

“Yes.”

No, the release of the 10-year-old court documents are because Judge Robreno has decided to punish Bill Cosby for not toeing the social justice line. At issue were the various public statements Cosby made regarding the breakdown of the black family as the cause of crime and dysfunction in black neighborhoods. Exhibit A, as footnoted by Robreno, is the so-called “Pound Cake Speech.”
In a speech before the NAACP made in 2004, Bill Cosby lashed out at the lax parenting of many black parents with these words:
“Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: ‘The cops shouldn’t have shot him.’ What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?”
Cosby continued:
“I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12?  Where were you when he was 18, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?”
Bill Cosby spoke truth that was — and still is — needed to be heard in many poor black and Latino communities. But that didn’t matter to Judge Robreno. He found those words offensive, and decided to punish Cosby for the crime of Hypocrisy, which is a near-capital offense to denizens of the Left:
“This case, however, is not about Defendant’s status as a public person by virtue of the exercise of his trade as a televised or comedic personality. Rather, the defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime.”

“To the extent that Defendant has freely entered the public square and ‘thrust himself into the vortex of [these public issues],’ he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim.”

Robreno concluded by declaring that the AP had requested the unsealing of the documents not for “commercial gain or prurient interest,” but in service of the greater good. Right. And if you believe that, may I interest you in a bridge?

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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