05 24 2016
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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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March on the Edmond Pettus Bridge

Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici marches across the Edmund Pettis Bridge with fellow members of Congress. Photo courtesy Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

“Hate is too big a burden to bear,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said. That was the message Congressman John Lewis gave to a delegation of almost 100 fellow members of Congress that traveled with him to Selma on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. What an honor it was to join that trip as a representative of the people of Oregon.

Our first stop was Birmingham. At the Civil Rights Institute, we saw exhibits that depicted the ugly history of the South with graphic photos and recordings of voices spewing hatred and bigotry. These exhibits illustrated why John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and so many others were driven to work for the cause of justice.

In the 16th St. Baptist Church, images of Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, and Carol Denise McNair were projected on the walls alongside stained glass windows. These innocent young girls - killed by the malicious bombing in 1963 – smiled down on us as we looked over at the staircase where the bomb exploded.

At the church John Lewis told us that, years after being beaten and imprisoned, one of the men who beat him came to visit at the nation’s Capitol. The man confessed to Congressman Lewis and asked for forgiveness. “Yes,” John Lewis told him, “I forgive you.” Indeed, hate is too big a burden to bear.

Early Saturday morning we drove to Selma. Traffic was thick as thousands of people flocked to the city. At Brown Chapel, where activists had organized and learned lessons of nonviolence, we heard speakers tell poignant stories from the civil rights movement.

I was moved by the words of Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe, daughter of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo. Mary talked about how her mother, a white homemaker from Detroit, went to Selma to march after Bloody Sunday shocked the nation.

Viola left her five children and went to Alabama, where she drove people home after the march. On a back road between Selma and Montgomery, Viola was shot and killed by the KKK. Mary said people ask why her mother risked so much for civil rights. “The question,” she said, “shouldn’t be why my mother went; it should be why didn’t more people go?”

At the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the sun beat down on the crowd of thousands as we waited for President Obama. This speech was one of the best he has ever delivered. He defined Selma as one of the places where our nation’s destiny was determined. He recognized and celebrated the heroes of the civil rights movement. And he reminded us that progress was made in and because of Selma, but our work is not done.

On Sunday we gathered in front of the Capitol in Montgomery. Full of emotion, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Governor Wallace’s daughter, spoke about creating a new legacy for her family – a legacy of compassion and equality rather than the hate for which her father is remembered.

She gave her speech on the same grounds where her father infamously declared, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” She closed by saying "I want to do something my father never did and recognize John Lewis for his humanity, his dignity and for being a child of God." Her words brought us to our feet and to tears.

From back home in Oregon, where our state is a leader in breaking down barriers to exercising the right to vote, I say to Congressman Lewis, thank you for inspiring us, and for sharing your history, your humanity, your conscience, and your lessons of compassion. Our nation has come so far in the past 50 years, but the vision of our civil rights leaders is not yet fulfilled.

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