Wife: Cosby convicted by ‘mob justice, not real justice’

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life was “mob justice, not real justice” and a “tragedy.”

Camille Cosby made her first comments on the verdict in a three-page statement sent to the media through a family spokesman.

She compared her husband of 54 years, convicted a week ago on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, to Emmett Till and other blacks mistreated by the justice system. Cosby’s lawyers have vowed to appeal.

“Once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law,” she said. “This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country.”

Camille Cosby said chief accuser Andrea Constand was a liar whose testimony about being drugged and molested at Cosby’s home in January 2004 was “riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”

She echoed Cosby’s lawyers, who contended that Constand framed him to score a big payday.

Her statement did not address behaviour Cosby has admitted to, such as philandering and contention that he was having a consensual affair with Constand.

Constand’s lawyer bristled at the statement and asked, “why would any reputable outlet publish that?”

“Twelve honourable jurors — peers of Cosby — have spoken,” lawyer Dolores Troiani said. “There is nothing else that needs to be said.”

Constand said in a tweet last week that “Truth prevails.” The jury, in a statement Monday, said she was “credible and compelling.”

Camille Cosby, 74, stayed away from both of her husband’s trials, except for the defence’s closing arguments.

Before the jury came in last week to hear from Cosby’s lawyers, she went to the defence table and put her arm around Cosby, who is legally blind. They embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.

When it was the prosecution’s turn to argue, she left the courtroom, and Constand entered.

Constand sued Cosby in 2005 when prosecutors dropped a criminal investigation after four weeks. Cosby wound up settling for nearly $3.4 million after giving four days of depositions, including testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, that a juror said Monday was instrumental in his conviction.

Camille Cosby compared the dozens of other women who’ve accused her husband to a “lynch mob” spurred on by the media’s “frenzied, relentless demonization” of the man who earned a reputation as America’s Dad playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated family sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

She compared his treatment to Till, the black teenager who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, and Darryl Hunt, a black man wrongly convicted of raping and murdering a white woman in North Carolina in 1984. Constand is white.

“Someday the truth will prevail, it always does,” Camille Cosby said.

She said her husband’s prosecution was politically motivated, repeating his team’s contention that he had been a pawn in a heated race for district attorney.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attacked opponent Bruce Castor in campaign ads over his decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 and announced Cosby’s arrest a month after winning the November 2015 election.

She said Steele and his team were “exploitive and corrupt” and that their “primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life.”

“If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone,” she said.

Steele’s office declined to comment.

Cosby is on house arrest while awaiting sentencing that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. The TV academy said Wednesday it is reviewing Cosby’s inclusion in its Hall of Fame, and Colby College became the latest institution to rescind his honorary degree.

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