Bill Cosby: Guilty but Free?

Bill Cosby: Guilty but Free?

We ask what justice means in the Cosby case, why he’s free today, and what the future holds for survivors.

Show notes

***This episode contains conversations surrounding sexual harassment.***

Today we talked to Professor of criminal law—Jules Epstien—and one of the fierce prosecutor’s in Cosby’s second trial—Ms. Kristen Feden. We ask what justice means in the Cosby case, why he’s free today, and what the future holds for survivors.

Quick Catch Up:

Prosecutor Bill Castor allegedly promised that Cosby would not be criminally charged. Following this promise, Cosby testified in a civil trial where he would not invoke his Fifth Amendment rights. Additional prosecutors brought criminal charges against Cosby and used his testimony from the civil trial. This time the court did not feel bound to Castor’s promise. But the PA Supreme Court said that the chain of events violated due process . . . conviction overturned.

Background Reading:

Listen and learn . . .

  1. What lessons we can learn from this case
  2. How this could affect future cases
  3. How prosecutorial promises are used
  4. How reporting has changed since #MeToo
  5. What legislation supports survivors in court

Links and Further Resource from this Episode:

PA Supreme Court Opinion

Appellate Documents & Testimony Notes

Jules Epstien Bio & Contact

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden Bio & Contact

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden Social

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


Jules Epstien

Jules Epstien

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Kristen M. Gibbons Feden

Kristen M. Gibbons Feden

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