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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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Over the past year or so, I have been wondering how Black folks would react to the election outcome. Two questions kept coming to mind:  What will we do if Obama wins?  What will we do if Romney wins?  Let's make it personal: What will you do?

Four years ago I wrote a similar article titled, "The Morning After," that dealt with what Black folks would do after the inauguration of Barack Obama.  Let's face it; we blew it, y'all.  Now let's see if we learned anything.

Black people are "all in" for Barack Obama, so we know there will be sackcloth and ashes if he loses in the Electoral College, where all presidential elections are decided. The same scenario will take place among Romney supporters if he loses; less weeping and gnashing of teeth, yes, but still there will be remorse.  For the most part, other than Herman Cain, Mia Love, Artur Davis, and Allen West, Black folks love Obama. But many White people just tolerate Romney; they aren't in love with him.  Besides, many of them couldn't care less who wins because they know who and what really controls this country, and  they are holding a can't-lose hand.

So what will we do if Barack wins a second term?  Well, for sure there will be dancing in the streets again, tears and euphoria, and a whole lot of Praise the Lords, Hallelujahs, and Amens.  I hope there are no more Peggy Joseph comments. You remember her words: "I won't have to worry about putting gas in my car.  I won't have to worry about paying my mortgage.  If I help him (Obama) he is going to help me."

Will we settle for a big celebration and then go home and fall asleep again, the way we did four years ago?  Or, will understand that when he is elected our work will have just begun?  Will we make the same missteps during the second term as we did during the first? Will we organize and mobilize our efforts around a common goal?  Will we seek reciprocity for our votes?

Here is the other question, and I know this may be difficult for most of you, but what will we do if Mitt Romney wins?  Will we declare 30 days of mourning?  Will we resign ourselves to no progress for the next four years and settle for whatever happens during that period?  Will we rant, rave, and complain for four years about how bad things are under Romney?  Will we acknowledge that we did not support him and, therefore, have nothing coming from our new president?

I am certain there will also be euphoria and maybe even a little dancing in the streets if Romney succeeds.  Surely Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, and the others will gloat and rub salt into the wounds of the Obama supporters.  And, no doubt there will be sighs of relief among the super-rich as they review their portfolios to determine how much they will make in the next four years.

But what will you do regardless of who wins?  There are answers and plans that have been developed long before this election.  Ron Daniels has been planning the State of the Black World Conference (SOBWC III) for some time now, part of which is dedicated to our "appropriate" action after the presidential election – no matter which candidate wins.

Daniels is bringing the SOBWC III to Howard University in Washington, D.C. November 14-18, 2012.  You still have time to get in on this solution-oriented meeting comprising some of the nation's top thinkers, businesspeople, activists, educators, religious leaders, politicians, college students, and economists in this country.  Folks from every sector will converge to set us on a path toward prosperity, strength, and self-determination.

It is appropriate that the event will be held after Election Day because, irrespective of the ultimate winner, Black people must work together to define our own political, economic, educational, and social agendas.  We must be strong and cohesive in our approach if we want to be counted at the decision-making tables of criminal and social justice, economic empowerment, educational excellence, and political inclusion; and it matters not who is the President.

We cannot win of we are not in the game, and Ron Daniels and his team have set forth an agenda for this conference that, if we attend, pay attention, and commit to doing the work when we leave,  will bring the victory to Black people that many of us have longed for and have fought for through the years.

There is much work to do, and it doesn't matter who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The work must be done, and we must do it.

For more information on the SOBWC III, call 1-888-774-2921 or go to www.ibw21.org

 

Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation's most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his Web site, blackonomics.com.

 

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