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  • On Tuesday, a judge ordered the 78-year-old Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges 
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  • The judge concluded Officer Edward Nero played little role in the arrest and wasn't responsible for the failure by police to buckle Gray in  
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  • Bill Cosby faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday to determine if his criminal sex-assault case in suburban Philadelphia goes to trial.Prosecutors had declined to charge the comedian-actor over the 2005 complaint, but arrested him in December after his explosive deposition in the woman's lawsuit became public. In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers; and hosting Andrea Constand at his home. They knew each other through Temple University, where he was a trustee and she managed the women's basketball team. Bill Cosby's wife refused to answer dozens of questions during a combative deposition in a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who say the comedian branded them liars after they accused him of sexually assaulting them, according to a transcript released Friday. Camille Cosby was subjected to intense questioning by the women's lawyer, who repeatedly pressed her to say whether she believes her husband "acted with a lack of integrity" during their 52-year marriage. The lawyer also asked if her husband used his position and power "to manipulate young women." Camille Cosby didn't answer those questions and many others after her lawyer cited marital privilege, the legal protection given to communications between spouses. She repeatedly said she had "no opinion" when pressed on whether she viewed her husband's behavior as dishonest and a violation of their marriage vows. About 50 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of forcing unwanted sexual contact on them decades ago. Cosby has denied the allegations. He faces a criminal case in Pennsylvania, where prosecutors have charged him with sexually violating a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand. He has pleaded not guilty. Camille Cosby answered questions in the deposition Feb. 22 and again April 19 after her lawyers argued unsuccessfully to stop it. A judge ruled she would have to give a deposition but said she could refuse to answer questions about private communications between her and her husband. Camille Cosby's lawyer, Monique Pressley, repeatedly cited that privilege and advised her not to answer many questions asked by the women's lawyer, Joseph Cammarata. The exchanges between Cammarata and Cosby became testy at times, and she admonished him: "Don't lecture me. Just keep going with the questions." Using a transcript of a deposition Bill Cosby gave in a civil lawsuit filed by Constand in 2005 and a transcript of an interview she gave to Oprah Winfrey in 2000, Cammarata asked Camille Cosby about extramarital affairs her husband had. "Were you aware of your husband setting up trusts for the benefit of women that he had a sexual relationship with?" Cammarata asked. She didn't answer after her lawyer cited marital privilege. Cammarata asked her about Shawn Thompson, a woman who said Bill Cosby fathered her daughter, Autumn Jackson, in the 1970s. Jackson was convicted in 1997 of attempting to extort money from Bill Cosby to prevent her from telling a tabloid she's his daughter. He acknowledged he had an affair with her mother and had given her money. "Was it a big deal when this came up in the 1970s that your husband had — big deal to you that your husband had an extramarital affair and potentially had a daughter from that extramarital affair?" Cammarata asked. "It was a big deal then, yes," Camille Cosby replied. She said she had "no opinion" on whether her husband's admission he obtained quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex violated their marriage vows. Her lawyer objected and instructed her not to answer when Cammarata asked her if she ever suspected she had been given any type of drug to alter her state of consciousness when she had sex with her husband. A spokesman for the Cosbys declined to comment on her deposition. The Cosbys have a home in Shelburne Falls, an hour's drive from Springfield, where the lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages, was filed. An attorney handling a separate lawsuit against Bill Cosby revealed Friday that Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner provided sworn testimony Wednesday. In the sexual battery lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judy Huth says Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was 15. Bill Cosby's former lawyers have accused Huth of attempting to extort him before filing the case and have tried unsuccessfully to have it dismissed. Huth's attorney, Gloria Allred, said Hefner's testimony will remain under seal for now. Hefner also was named as a defendant in a case filed Monday by former model Chloe Goins, who accuses Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.   The Associated Press generally doesn't identify people who say they're victims of sexual abuse, but the women accusing Cosby have come forward to tell their stories.___AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report from Los Angeles.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sits at the head of a conference table in a top-floor office that looks like a cross between a Fortune 500 boardroom and a Best Buy sales floor. He's calling up security-camera feeds that appear on wall-to-wall flat screens.

If he wants, he can produce a military-style aerial map of lower Manhattan, including Wall Street and ground zero. But on this weekday, he zooms in on a homeless man passed out in a bus stop on the Upper West Side, then emails a photo to the neighborhood's precinct house - prodding commanders there to get the man shelter.

The scene put two of the 69-year-old commissioner's trademarks on display: an obsessive attention to detail and an insatiable appetite for the latest technology. He's also known for an impervious attitude toward questions about the New York Police Department's counterterrorism tactics, which have raised concerns about civil rights and unchecked power.

But Kelly believes his record speaks for itself. Nine years after taking over a department stunned by the events of Sept. 11, there have been no more successful attacks. And New Yorkers, he said, can thank the NYPD.

"We've done so many things," he told The Associated Press in an interview in early August. "There's no guarantees. We live in an unsafe world, but relatively speaking, New York is a very safe place, and it's palpable."

His unwavering support from a three-term mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and his unusual longevity add to his influence.

If he finishes out Bloomberg's third term in 2013 as expected, Kelly will have served longer than any other police commissioner, more than 11 years total. Right now, only one of 40 previous police commissioners has served longer in the post, created by Gov. Theodore Roosevelt in 1900.

Under Kelly's leadership, New York has seen its homicide rate plummet. In 2009, the city had only 471 killings, the lowest since reliable record-keeping began in 1963, and a stark comparison from a record-high 2,245 in 1990.

But it's his approach to terrorism that has gotten him the most attention. And, said police historian Thomas Reppetto, his track record has set new standards for policing.

"Before 9/11, police weren't judged on their counterterrorism abilities," he said. "Kelly has created a blueprint for how a police department should respond to counterterrorism. And that's an original."

Kelly's aggressive approach to counterterrorism has been largely lauded. President Barack Obama visited headquarters after the department handled a car bomb that nearly went off in Times Square in May 2010, thanking Kelly for his work defending the city.

The New York native began his law enforcement career with the NYPD in 1966 after a tour in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. Over the next four decades, he held every rank in the department.

He also graduated from Manhattan College, earned law degrees from St. John's and New York universities and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

He served as police commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins from 1992 to 1994 and later became a Treasury Department official in charge of the Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the agency that used to be known as the U.S. Customs Service.

His last job before his current NYPD stint was as a security manager for the now-defunct Bear Stearns Companies. In 2006, he was awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, for creating a liaison between the NYPD and French authorities.

After Bloomberg asked him to return to the NYPD shortly after Sept. 11, Kelly assembled an inner circle of advisers. Among them were a former CIA official who's still with the department and a retired Marine general.

"I believe that we had to bring in different skill sets, people who had different experiences than you would normally get in the police department," Kelly said.

The team, he recalled, quickly reached a conclusion that would have far-reaching implications: "We needed to do more to protect the city than simply rely on the federal government."

On a piece of butcher paper, Kelly roughed out the first ideas to overhaul the department's Intelligence Division, give it the tools and people to analyze and detect overseas and homegrown threats, as well as the authority to gather evidence to thwart them.

A brand-new counterterrorism unit would also provide protection on streets, in the subways, even the waterways. Both would report directly to him.

Today, about 1,000 of the city's roughly 35,000 officers are assigned each day to counterterrorism operations. The commissioner also pioneered a program to send officers overseas to report on how other cities deal with terrorism.

And through federal grants and city funding, Kelly has spent tens of millions of dollars on technology to outfit the department with the latest tools - from portable radiation detectors to the network of hundreds of cameras that can track suspicious activity.

The department also has used informants and undercover officers of Arab and Muslim descent to try to detect homegrown terror threats. That effort thwarted a plot to blow up a subway station in 2004 and resulted in the arrests of two men last year on charges they sought to join a Somali terror group.

Critics have likened the program to domestic spying and say it threatens civil rights.

Kelly has "escaped serious scrutiny for the massive erosions of civil liberties that have been brought by the NYPD under his leadership," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Lieberman cited other examples like the "stop-and-frisk" searches of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers - mostly black and Hispanic men - who have not been charged with a crime, the infusion of police into the school system and the widespread video surveillance.

An AP investigation published last month revealed new details about the NYPD's aggressive domestic intelligence operations and its unusual relationship with the CIA. Kelly said the day after publication of the AP report that a CIA officer works in police headquarters in an advisory role.

Federal authorities have grumbled that the NYPD too often treads on their turf. The tension was most recently exposed when the FBI declined to pursue a terror investigation with the department that resulted in two arrests.

Kelly is unapologetic about testing the limits of his department's authority in a post-9/11 world. And he also insists that overall, the partnership with the FBI and other agencies remains strong.

"There's probably always been and probably always will be a little resentment someplace, because people see intelligence ... as within the bailiwick of the federal government," he said. "Obviously we don't see it that way."

The commissioner argues that two recent cases - the car bomb last year and the thwarted plot in 2009 to bomb the subway - along with several other plots since the attack, prove that New York is still the nation's top target.

"We don't see the threat as diminishing any time soon," he said.

Peter Vallone, a city councilman who leads the public safety committee, has been so impressed by Kelly that his endorsement of Bloomberg for a third term hinged on whether the commissioner would finish out his tenure along with the mayor.

"I've felt that New York City needs him as police commissioner," he said.

Kelly has consistently topped polls asking voters who they want for the next mayor. Consistent, too, are his denials he has any interest. He said he hasn't thought about what he's doing next.

"I have way too much to do," he said, "before I start thinking about a legacy."

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