Saturday, January 02, 2016

Saturday Etc.

There is no spousal privilege involved in the Bill Cosby civil case filed by seven women accusing him of defamation.

In case people forget about Cosby, a reminder:

Cosby, giving sworn testimony in the lawsuit accusing him of sexual assaulting Constand at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004, said he obtained seven quaalude prescriptions in the 1970s.

Constand's lawyer asked if he had kept the sedatives through the 1990s, after they were banned, but was frustrated by objections from Cosby'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?" Troiani asked.

"Yes," Cosby answered.

"Did you ever give any of these young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?" Troiani asked.

Cosby's lawyer again objected, leading Troiani to petition the federal judge to force Cosby to cooperate.

Cosby later said he gave Constand three half-pills of Benadryl, although Troiani in the documents voices doubt that was the drug involved.


Obituary: One-time Arkansas senator Dale Bumpers, 90, has died. He spent his last months in hospice care following a fall resulting in a broken hip.

He was a great U.S. senator, and one of the best orators of the 20th century. He will always be remembered for his great speech defending Bill Clinton in that ridiculous impeachment show trial of 1999.

Known in political circles as "the giant killer" for winning elections against powerful incumbents, Bumpers was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1970 after defeating former Governor Orval Faubus for the Democratic nomination. He then went on to win the general election, defeating two-term Republican incumbent Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.

In 1974 he pulled off a similar feat in his bid for the U.S. Senate. He held onto the seat until his retirement in 1999. At the end of his tenure he received national attention for giving the closing speech in support of then President Bill Clinton who was facing impeachment proceedings. In the speech Bumpers characterized the matter as a sex scandal rather than a breech of public trust.Clinton was acquitted in the Senate.

"For more than 40 years Hillary and I cherished his friendship. I am grateful that his advice made me a better governor and president," said Clinton in a statement after hearing about Bumpers' death.


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