Bill Cosby should be in jail.

If only one or two of the 16 women who have publicly stated that Cosby sexually assaulted them are telling the truth, then he should either be serving time in prison or trying to put his career back together after having been released from prison.
But he has never even been charged with a crime, much less convicted. Why?
This Washington Post piece tells the story of "five of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations." There are many similarities. Cosby’s fame and power attracted them to him and subsequently prevented them from speaking out or going to the police. "Who is going to believe me?" Asked Joan Tarshis, one of his victims, "If he was a regular, joe I might have done something."
Cosby, who broke down racial barriers in television and was the first black actor to be awarded an Emmy for a lead role in a television series, was not a regular joe. He was, instead, a man of privilege. Individually – without the concrete knowledge that there were others – his victims made the determination that they would suffer even more should they report his crimes to the police. One woman even worried about upsetting her brother, dying of cystic fibrosis, whom Cosby visited in the hospital the day after he sexually assaulted her.
Perhaps the public perception of sexual assault has changed. Perhaps enough years have passed and these women feel more secure now speaking out. Perhaps the tenor and tone of media coverage of sexual assault – in the NFL and elsewhere – has lit these stories, some of which are years old, in a little better light in recent weeks.
Whatever happened, it is quite likely that Bill Cosby’s career as a comic and entertainer has come to a close. And that’s that least of his worries.
As a kid I idolized the man and his humor. I wore out my cassette tape of Bill Cosby: Himself, memorizing nearly the entire show. And after somberly reading the accounts of his multiple sexual assaults, I’ll never spend another dime on anything related to the man.
In my last post I discussed Dr. Matt Taylor, the scientist who helped land a probe on a comet and created a firestorm in the process by wearing a shirt adorned with scantily clad women. I opined that we don’t much care about the foibles of great artists or scientist, but to this I must add a caveat. When a brilliant man, like Bill Cosby, is also a monster who preys on unsuspecting women, we have to care. Self-destruction is one thing, deliberately destroying the lives of people who have placed their trust in you is something else.
The renewed interest in Bill Cosby’s alleged crimes also makes me think about another alleged rapist who shares his first name with Mr. Cosby: Bill Clinton.
It became something of a national pastime in the 90s to speculate on the number of women with which President Clinton had an extra-marital affair. Nightly, during the impeachment and trial of the President, we were subjected to political pundits extolling the profoundly personal nature of the allegations. So what if the President had a tryst in the Oval Office, that’s between him and his wife.
But if his accusers are also to be believed, Bill Clinton had a violent side. Shortly after the Senate failed to impeach the President, a woman named Juanita Broaddrick appeared on NBC to detail her allegations. Christopher Hitchens,
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