A lot of people have asked me about hate crimes laws ever since a Penn State student was recently charged with ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats, simple assault, stalking, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and underage drinking following an incident in which the defendant allegedly verbally and physically assaulted a student of East Indian descent. Not surprsingly, the defendant was highly intoxciated. The felony ethnic intimidation charge was dismissed by a magisterial district judge, but was then refiled by the Centre County District Attorney's Office, with the hopes that a different judge will bind the charge over for trial.
The Bill Cosby prosecution is on the brink of collapse. This morning, Michael Smerconish of CNN dropped a bombshell, reporting that former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor had an agreement with Cosby's attorney Patrick J. O'Connor in 2005 not to prosecute Cosby, should the comedy legend be willing to testify in a deposition in the civil case filed by accuser Andrea Constand. Castor believed that he could not win a criminal conviction against one of the most beloved and respected figures in America, who was even more revered in the Philadelphia area than the rest of the country. Thus, Castor sought to create an avenue for Constand to at least get monetary compensation in a civil case.