What the Bill Cosby Guilty Verdict Means

I just read, that Bill Cosby was found guilty on 3 counts (penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after administering an intoxicant — are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in state prison, though the sentences could be served concurrently).  This is a big deal, partly because it could mean that he spends the rest of his life in prison, but there is something else that it means.

For the couple years that the general public has been aware of the accusations against him, there have been a decent amount of people, who have clung to the “he’s never been convicted” camp, as if legal conviction must dictate public opinion.  People have regularly dismissed the accusations, because of this, and today that argument no longer applies.

Will there be people who will argue other things? Of course, and while I may disagree with other arguments as well, I will be happy to not have to hear this particular one anymore.  I liked The Cosby Show too, but ultimately if he’s a monster, I want the public to think of him as one, and I think the with issues like statutes of limitations, the legal system is imperfect in determining whether or not someone is a monster, so I don’t like using them as a barometer (in both directions, there are plenty of wrongfully convicted people over history), and so I’m glad that for those for whom the only barometer is legal conviction, they now have that, since the rest of us have been pretty sure of him as a monster for some time now.

Hopefully, for his victims (both Andrea Constand and all the others who will likely never get convictions of their own), hopefully this gives some solace, and finality.

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