• Courageous or Foolish? A Defiant Cosby Will Show No Remorse

    Surge Summary: Convicted former comedic giant Bill Cosby stubbornly continues to profess his innocence. It’s possible his contempt for the sentence imposed on him will cost him early parole, but he claims he doesn’t care; that his conviction was a “set up”.

    Bill Cosby couldn’t be more defiantly adamant: he won’t show remorse for the crimes for which he’s been convicted — even if it means more time behind bars.

    In an interview with BlackPressUSA Sunday, the disgraced comedian wasn’t subtle:

    Newser’s Evann Gastaldo quotes him:

    “I have eight years and nine months left” of his 10-year sentence for sexual assault, he said. “When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.”

    According to the AP, legal experts generally agree sex offenders typically need to demonstrate remorse to be considered for parole. But the 82-year-old former superstar says he’s educating and encouraging other black inmates while he’s behind bars, and that he did not commit the crime for which he is serving time.

    “It’s all a set up. That whole jury thing. They were imposters,” he says.

    In the sit-down, which the site notes was Cosby’s “first exclusive interview” since starting his sentence at Pennsylvania’s SCI-Phoenix, a maximum-security penitentiary near Philadelphia, he alluded to a potential juror who said she overheard a seated juror say before the trial began, “He’s guilty, we can all go home now.” “Then she went in and came out smiling, it’s something attorneys will tell you is called a payoff,” he continued. “I know what they’ve done to my people. But my people are going to view me and say, ‘That boy looks good. That boy is strong.'” He compared his plight to that of civil rights figures. “I have too many heroes that I’ve sat with, too many heroes whom I listened to like John Henrik Clarke, Kenneth Clark, and Dorothy Height,” he said. “Those people are very strong, and they saw the rejection of their people. This is political. I can see the whole thing.”

    Full interview available for viewing here.

    The fall of the beloved, eponymous star of The Cosby Show – classed by many among the most successful sitcoms of all time – has seemingly left Cosby neither bowed nor broken.

    If he is genuinely innocent, as he insists, what other choice does he have to but to continue pleading his case? If he’s deluding himself or flatly lying in an attempt to delude others, however? That’s not exactly the repentance for which the authorities are surely watching – and which is always the only appropriate response to actual wrongdoing.

    Only time will tell how all this turns out for Bill Cosby.

    H/T: Newser’s Evann Gastaldo

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