Cosby’s Mistrial Travesty
There was no justification for excluding the testimony relevant to show Bill Cosby might have engaged in a common scheme i.e., using the same tactic on other women (“‘I just needed one,’ ” June 18).
The statute of limitations does not apply in every situation. The deciding factor is whether the stories of the alleged victims are remote in time. In the Cosby case, the alleged victims’ testimonies were not remote, but relevant and appropriate.
Also, Cosby testified to the grand jury under a grant of immunity, but the law is clear that for immunity, a truthful testimony is required.
Under that criterion, the prosecutor could have put the alleged victims’ story of Cosby’s alleged wrongdoing into evidence without regard to the statute of limitations. The statute does not bar the testimony of other alleged victims. Jay Goldberg Manhattan
We can no longer allow the use of the statute of limitations to let possible abusers get away with crimes while wasting taxpayer funding in our courts.
If guilt can be proven, our judicial system and judges need to represent and seek the truth regardless of time. These loopholes now have far more meaning in courtrooms than truth. Robert Stein Staten Island