EXCLUSIVE: Camille Cosby says, “Vote for Justice, Equality and Democracy”

“…During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain.”
“…During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain.”

Camille O. Cosby is the eldest offspring of Guy and Catherine Hanks’s four children, according to her biography at IMDB.com.

Imbued with an immense intellect and sense of social responsibility, she has long been an advocate for education and for the continued financial support of the United States’ historically African-American colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Along with her husband Bill Cosby, she donated $20 million in 1988 to Spelman College, the prestigious and historically African-American women’s college located in Atlanta, Ga.

Together, Camille and Bill have donated more than $200 million to schools and universities and they’ve also contributed countless pieces of historic artwork to the Smithsonian museums.

By Camille O. Cosby, Special to NNPA Newswire

My husband, Bill Cosby, was recently victimized by a malicious District Attorney and an equally vicious judge. This is not the first time that my husband has been persecuted by corrupt and self-serving politicians. In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Bill Cosby, along with hundreds of other people, was secretly and illegally harassed by a President of the United States.

It was 1973, during the Watergate hearings, when the Enemies List of President Richard M. Nixon was disclosed by Mr. Nixon’s White House Counsel, John Dean. Bill and I were stunned that such a list existed and that Bill’s name was on that list. Soon, the answers to questions about Bill kicked in: that’s why those Federal agents would appear, unannounced, at our home and his workplaces; that’s why there have been multiple tax audits within one year; that’s why hateful propaganda about Bill was disseminated by media…with an extensive goal of ending his believability and livelihood; and numerous other “that’s why” enlightenments.

There was another explosive document that was submitted during the hearings…one that deeply resonates with me, even today. It was a memorandum from Mr. Dean on how to effectively weaken Mr. Nixon’s enemies…“how we can best screw them (e.g.: litigation, prosecution, etc.).”

Now, I am going to fast-forward to two current, collaborative, corrupt politicians. Both exist in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and both, like Mr. Nixon, are intent on destroying Bill Cosby…whether for their toxic ambitions or simply in furtherance of racial hatred. One of those men never presented credible, admissible evidence of his charges, and the other has not allowed the truth of Bill’s innocence to be put forward.

The following are specific examples that illustrate their true agenda:

Re: District Attorney Kevin R. Steele

  • Unethical Campaign Promise: During the 2015 election for District Attorney, Steele campaigned on a promise to prosecute Bill Cosby. That promise purposely converted Bill’s case into a political issue for Steele’s own gain. At the time, Steele was running against the former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who had made a binding decision not to prosecute Bill in 2005. Steele’s unethical promise undermined Castor’s political career…it also undermined the rule of law in America by violating the rule that trials be impartial and not done for corrupt political purposes.
  • Racially Charged Statement: During the jury selection process, M. Stewart Ryan, the assistant prosecutor, made a racially charged statement in the courtroom hallway. The defense team tried to raise Ryan’s statement in front of the judge, who repeatedly interrupted one of the defense lawyers when she was trying to make the argument. The prosecution, which picked an almost exclusively white jury, called the focus on Ryan’s statement “ludicrous,” and the judge refused to grant relief to Bill Cosby.
  • Failure to Disclose Evidence: Prosecutors interviewed Marguerite Jackson more than a decade ago, but failed to disclose the facts of that interview…or her statements…to the defense team before the first trial. Ms. Jackson stated that Andrea Constand had talked about making up a story of sexual assault in order to “get money.” The prosecution actually destroyed their own notes of the meeting they had with Ms. Jackson, and allowed Constand to testify falsely at the first trial that she had never met Ms. Jackson, even though the prosecution had learned that the two women worked closely together…and shared hotel rooms together…while Constand was employed at Temple University. When the prosecution finally informed the defense team about these facts shortly before the second trial, the defense lawyers were able to introduce Ms. Jackson as a witness. Even so, the impact of Ms. Jackson’s testimony was undermined by the actions of a corrupt judge.

Re: Judge Steven T. O’Neill

  • Marital Donation to Protesters: Before the second trial, the defense team learned that O’Neill’s wife had donated to the Women Organized Against Rape…the group organizing protests against Bill Cosby outside the courthouse. O’Neill refused to recuse himself despite his wife’s affiliation with that group and her public statements that accusers should be believed and trusted “no matter the details.” O’Neill then compounded the harm to Bill by allowing Dr. Barbara Ziv to testify that accusers must be believed at all times…just as his wife had said.
  • Biased Jury Pool: During jury selection, O’Neill refused to excuse a white, male juror, who had stated about Bill Cosby: “I just think he’s guilty, so we can all be done and get out of here.” When the defense team raised the juror’s bias, O’Neill admonished them for delaying jury selection. Ultimately, O’Neill agreed to hear the issue; but he still denied the defense team’s motion. If O’Neill had allowed the biased juror to be replaced, one of the two black alternate jurors would have been seated; instead, O’Neill allowed the biased juror to remain on the jury.
  • Feud with Defense Witness: O’Neill assigned himself to the case against Bill Cosby and then presided over a hearing at which he knew Bruce Castor would be a critical witness for the defense. O’Neill and Castor had been political rivals in 1998 and 1999; and, during that campaign, O’Neill’s affair with a woman in Castor’s office was exposed. Unbeknownst to the defense team during trial, O’Neill never forgave Castor, blaming him for exposing the affair. According to Castor’s sworn affidavit, O’Neill viewed the case against Bill, whom Castor had declined to prosecute, as a way to criticize and get back at Castor. Indeed, O’Neill actually took over the prosecution’s questioning of Castor before ruling against Bill on the basis that Castor’s testimony was not believable.

On the eve of this very important election day, these examples remind me of the dangers we faced during Mr. Nixon’s presidency. Both then and now, the American people have been dangerously close to being governed by a dictatorship…a dictatorship intent on serving its own greedy interests even when it results in eradicating the laws that protect humanity. Many of today’s politicians…especially those who are heavily financed by particular corporate entities…are becoming increasingly dangerous enemies of our human rights. However, history teaches us that we, the People of the United States, can purge this danger from our nation’s political offices. Indeed, Mr. Nixon’s corrupt presidency was finally brought to an end when the people rose up and demanded that their representatives be held accountable. We must do the same today.

America defines itself as a democracy; unequivocally, America has not accomplished that definition yet…but, we, the People, can help it do so. Tomorrow, voters have the opportunity to choose who will represent them…not just in Congress, but in thousands of state, county, and city positions across the country, like district attorney or trial judge. Our ancestors fought for the right to make these choices. They were jailed, were beaten, were killed for fighting for our right to vote. Yet, too often, we do not exercise that most important right. We overlook the mid-term elections because we forget how greatly they can impact our lives. But, as I learned from Steele’s election in 2015, a corrupt politician at any level is a danger to the American people, and even more so when that politician has promised to act in service of his own toxic ambitions and racial hatred. In tomorrow’s mid-term elections, the People of the United States must vote as though their lives depend on it because their lives…and their freedom…very well might.

I encourage everyone to vote tomorrow.

About Camille Cosby 3027 Articles
Camille O. Cosby is the eldest offspring of Guy and Catherine Hanks’s four children, according to her biography at IMDB.com. Imbued with an immense intellect and sense of social responsibility, she has long been an advocate for education and for the continued financial support of the United States’ historically African-American colleges and universities (HBCUs). Along with her husband Bill Cosby, she donated $20 million in 1988 to Spelman College, the prestigious and historically African-American women's college located in Atlanta, Ga. Together, Camille and Bill have donated more than $200 million to schools and universities and they’ve also contributed countless pieces of historic artwork to the Smithsonian museums.

17 Comments

  1. So, are the judges and everyone involved only corrupt in your husbands case? Because I seem to remember your husband talking down to a whole sector of people that look just like him. And in that speech, he squarely laid the blame of the state of black people on them. He said we couldn’t blame white people for the state of our children because of the names we decided to give our them and that we couldn’t dress or talk right as if that was a reason for us to live in poverty and go to jail. So I guess my question is why should we have any compassion for Mr. Cosby given that he didn’t have any for us. The funny thing about it is you and him used the same argument shaquesha and laquan use about the justice system when it ensnares them. It isn’t equal for black people. Maybe if Bill gets out, he can write a pound cake speech part two, and go on an apology tour…

    • Thank you for bringing this issue up, although you interpret the speech in a disingenuous fashion. The speech that Dr. Cosby delivered on May 17, 2004 was an impassioned impromptu speech delivered at the NAACP celebration of the 50th anniversary Brown V. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision. It was delivered to an overwhelmingly black audience. Since what was said at NAACP celebrations was never publicized in the mass media, Dr. Cosby was certain that what he said was for and to a black audience.

      Dr. Cosby began his speech by talking about a 50% High-school drop out rate among “poor blacks,” This was an exaggeration as the overall drop out rate was 13.1% among all blacks at the time. However, it did reflect his concern that poor blacks were still growing up in a terrible situation despite the obvious gains made by the integration of schools made possible by the Brown v. Board of Education Decision. In other words, instead of praising all the progress that had been made over the previous 50 years, Dr. Cosby was pointing out that serious and terrible problems still remained in poor black communities. Having grown up in a poor black community, Dr. Cosby felt a kinship with and desire to help that community.
      Dr. Cosby’s speech was soon picked up and distorted by some conservative commentators who took sentences out of context and praised Cosby’s speech. These out of context remarks were picked up by some radical/liberal commentators who attacked Dr. Cosby for it. Suddenly, the speech became a national political issue.
      On Friday of that week, Dr. Cosby said that he had made the remarks because of his concern for the conditions that poor blacks still lived in and his belief that ‘fighting racial injustice must also include taking personal responsibility.’
      The speech brought forward a national debate that focused on the terrible conditions that poor blacks still were living under. Dr. Cosby spent the rest of the year going to black communities and and having “call-outs” around the country explaining the importance for black families to unite and fight for the interests of all blacks (both poor and middle-class). Single-handedly, Dr. Cosby had jump-started the kind of discussions about Black poverty and oppression that hadn’t been seen in America since the 1970s. Still, certain conservatives and radical/liberals continued to misrepresent the speech for their own self interests. By the end of 2004, Dr. Cosby was being called the most controversial man in America because he was bringing a message of self-empowerment to black America through reliance on family and community.
      On January 13, 2005, Andrea Constand, a Canadian former pro-basketball player (in Europe)and ex-lover of NBA basketball star Steve Nash, falsely accused Dr. Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her. Cosby had to immediately stop his call-outs in the Black communities.
      The District Attorney of Montgomery County, Bruce Castor saw that it was an obvious extortion attempt on the part of Constand who was 31 years old, broke and living with her parents, when she made the charge. He dismissed the charges. Constand filed a lawsuit which her lawyer later admitted they had talked about from the beginning, before she had gone to the police.
      After the accusation made headlines over the country, and Constand had given an interview to the National Enquirer, some 12 other women jumped on the bandwagon and falsely accused Cosby over the next few months of dissimilar drug and sexual offenses, for personal and economic reasons. Under this pressure and anxious to resume his tour of black communities, he settled the lawsuit with Constand, by an agreement for over three million dollars in which he did not admit any guilt, and in which Constand promised never to talk about the case again. He resumed his speeches throughout black communities delivering his message of black self-empowerment.
      In late 2007, he came out with the book “Come On, People” (On the path from Victims to Victors).

      In it, he says, “Many veer into lives of crime, drug dealing, alcohol abuse, premature sex and violence leading to death at an early age. Many of these young people are bright, mind you, but we lose them to the culture of the streets. We take this for granted, but we shouldn’t. We can’t afford to lose one of them and should mourn the loss of each one we do (pg. 106).

      Also, he noted (pg. xvi)that he wasn’t saying anything different than Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and W.E.B. Du Bois had said.
      If you don’t want to read these men, or Dr. Cosby’s brilliant book (co-written by Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint)”Come On, People,” you can watch the movie “A Piece of the Action,” (1977) directed by Sidney Poitier and starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby. It has the same message that Dr. Cosby delivered on May 17th 2004 to the NAACP in his 50th Anniversary Brown V. Board of Education Speech. It has the same message that Michael Jackson (an old friend of Bill Cosby’s) had in his song “Man in the Mirror:”

      I’m starting with the man in the mirror
      I’m asking him to change his ways
      And no message could have been any clearer
      If you want to make the world a better place
      (If you want to make the world a better place)
      Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

    • Bigakizzle, Mr.Cosby didn’t offend me or any of our relatives because we were raised to dress accordingly presentable when presenting ourselves to this world. Always look sharp. Obviously, Cosby wasn’t talking to those who had parents that cared. Apparently, a lot of young men both black, white and Hispanics think it’s cool to have their asses hanging over their pants. It’s downright tacky and really disgusting seeing nasty drawers sticking out of pants.. I don’t see how anyone could take offense to what Cosby said. He was showing compassion telling young men to pull their pants up over their asses. He also showed compassion when he said young folks spewing profanity and broken English isnt nice. It’s really disgusting. We have access to a free education. So there’s no excuse for the madness. Cosby hasn’t said anything our parents/grandparents haven’t said before. So only ignorant people would be angry at him for offering positive advice for fools that can’t dress respectfully. You don’t have to have compassion for Cosby. However, a lot of folks do which is wonderful. Camille is right. Our justice system needs rehauling because it isn’t equality for everyone. Whites get off or get probation proportionately more often for the same convictions people of color get sent away to prision for. But you’re white and you certainly don’t give a crap about equality for people of color so of course you wouldn’t care. And you aren’t fooling me pretending you’re not white. Just say you hate Cosby. All this other bs is unnecessary.

    • I guess my Grandparents mom and dad also placed blame on a whole sector of people! That how people of that age group talked it is called telling it how it is. Not to mention Ice Cube and other rappers also said the same thing! So If if Bill Cosby said things in rhyme and with a nice beat it would be ok!

    • With all due respect, your argument is absurd. Compassion? What man alive has done more for African Americans? Name him. And I’m not talking about a TV show or a public image. Furthermore, culturally speaking, at the time of this infamous speech, Cosby was speaking like any given Pastor or Iman on any given Sunday. He was a grandfather, talking like a man who had paid his dues; a man obviously disturbed by some of the results of the struggle he called himself representing. What dues have you paid to denounce him in this way? That question is not as much for you as it is for those who initially took up their dull pens and trounced on the “pound cake” speech to boost their own profiles with a bullshit angle?

    • Guilty, guilty, guilty….let that rapist Cosby rot in jail. Camille – why don’t you visit your husband in prison? It’ll give you a good chance to show off some nice clothes for the “press” while holding up a piece of art. Meanwhile, go to your gynecologist and get some more “knockout drugs” so your husband will have something to do when he gets out of prison in (hopefully!) 10 years. Go away, Camille. Your husband is a convicted rapist and is in prison where he belongs.

      • Quaaludes were not knock-out drugs. The stories the accusers related as to the effects of the alleged drug they consumed defy reality. No such drug exists that permits a person to pass out with two sips of a cappuccino, allows selective periods of unconsciousness and lucidity, is undetectable in beverages, while permitting memory retention. Pure fantasy. Meanwhile, Quaaludes were white; Constand said the pills she took were blue. She testified that she had one sip of wine. Yet DA Steele and the detectives emphasized the use of alcohol in the probable cause affidavit, and pushed to use the Quaalude delositiondeposition testimony at trial. It’s disingenuous at best.

  2. With all due respect, the notion that Cosby had no compassion is absurd. I am by no means a Cosby sycophant, but frankly, I’m hard-pressed to think of a man alive who has done more for African Americans—consciously and deliberately? And I am not just talking about a TV show or a public image. Furthermore, culturally speaking, at the time Cosby was talking like any Pastor or Iman on any given Sunday. He was a grandfather, speaking like a man who had paid his dues; a man obviously disturbed by some of the results of the struggle he called himself representing. What dues have you paid to denounce him in this way? That question is not for you, Bigakizzle, it’s for those who initially took up a dull pen and trounced on the “pound cake” speech to boost their own profile with fake outrage.

  3. Mr. Raskin:

    Thank you for the complete informative article on Mr. Cosby’s speech and activities concerning that speech at the NAACP meeting in 2004. It certainly explains the partial- bias details the media leaks, and what’s happening today concerning Mr. Cosby or anyone that tries to uplift the “COPPER” community to thinking for themselves and seeking the ONLY true leader-” ALMIGHTY YAH” – for guidance, justice, and true deliverance!!

    Once again, thank you.

    YAH BLESSINGS!

  4. No one reading this, and no one in the media, can tell you why Cosby went to trial. When presented with the reasons why Cosby’s trial could not LEGALLY go forward (the no-brainer being that the case had already been settled out of court), Judge O’Neill “deliberated” on the legalities overnight, then came back and said, “This trial is going forward.” When asked WHY, he answered, “I don’t have to give my reasons.” No media comment on that.

    Cosby may be a rapist or he may not. I don’t know, neither do you, and neither does our media. The reality is that we haven’t been given a reason to believe this thing that started as a rumor in the 60s. The media went to extremes to plant the lie in our minds that Cosby admitted in his infamous deposition to drugging women without their knowledge and raping them. You won’t find a quote in the deposition to support that. The media ran Cosby-Raped-Me stories that the most basic fact-checking showed to be IMPOSSIBLE (see Louise Moritz, for one example), and ran them over and over again for more than five years. We were told that all Hollywood knew about Cosby’s raping habits – “every hairdresser in Hollywood knew,” said Roseanne. And then it turns out that the guy who’s supposed to want sex with inert, unconscious bodies has sex instead with girls on Quaaludes. This doesn’t fit the MO, it destroys it – unless our media fills in the gaps with still more lies. So CNN puts a drug expert on the air to tell us, “If you take a Quaalude, you’re going to sleep. No question of that.” A generation of us can tell you that that was another lie. All we’ve seen is what mob mentality can do when it is fueled by a corrupt media and a corrupt justice system.

    In court, it was established that Andrea Constand lies just like a sociopath. She doesn’t tell the kind of lies people tell when the police trip them up. She tells the kind of calculated, damning lies that can get an innocent man put in prison for 30 years. But then a rape expert testifies that “lying is a consequence of rape,” and Andrea’s criminal lying is excused without media comment.

    During deliberations, the jury asked Judge O’Neil for the definition of consent. There is a legal definition, and it is a judge’s duty to ensure that the jury makes its decision based on legalities. Should a jury bring in a verdict that disregards legalities, it is a judge’s duty to overturn that verdict. But Judge O’Neill ensured that Cosby’s verdict would be reached without regard for the law, when he told the jury they would have to “make up their own minds” regarding the definition of consent. Guess what: no jury gets to do that; juries don’t make laws.

    The moronic masses believe Cosby’s a rapist because the media played it that way, relentlessly. Maybe he is, again I don’t know and neither do you. But did he have a fair trail? Absolutely not. He had the kind of trail that satisfies the mob mentality of social media. Gloat away, but you’re a very stupid crowd.

  5. Mrs. Cosby, you’re married to a rapist many times over. You’re saying all of the accusers wanted to be drugged and raped? Really? I’m guessing not one of them agreed with your ignorant statement. That’s pathetic. If you had any self esteem you would divorce the bum.

    • You’ve skipped a step in your logic. Where’s the evidence that they were, in fact, drugged and raped? The inclusion of the additional “bad prior act” witnesses was improper, as none of them offered a scintilla of evidence of such acts. None of them had any relevance to the Constand case. And there isn’t enough space to recount Ms. Constand’s lies.

  6. It sounds as though Camille Cosby is suggesting that people should vote for Democrats, where she uses favorite Democrat terms like calling the opposition “racists.” See, for example, this comment she makes: “But, as I learned from [Kevin] Steele’s election in 2015, a corrupt politician at any level is a danger to the American people, and even more so when that politician has promised to act in service of his own toxic ambitions and racial hatred. In tomorrow’s mid-term elections, the People of the United States must vote as though their lives depend on it because their lives…and their freedom…very well might. I encourage everyone to vote tomorrow.” But who are the racists here? Does Camille even understand that Steele is a Democrat who ran against (and defeated) Bruce Castor, a Republican, and that Steele ran on a campaign promise to prosecute her husband?

  7. Camille sensationalizes the Nixon era to a ridiculous degree. Transcripts of the Nixon tapes recorded in the Oval Office clearly show that Nixon did not put the “enemies list” together, considered it foolish, and made no attempt to punish or persecute those on the list. Nothing but bias against Nixon and the label “enemies list” has kept these myths alive. Nixon did enough wrong without making things up.

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