Note: I have no idea why this is stuck at the top of the page, when it was the first thing written.
I'll admit that I have not been following the Bill Cosby case like I should. I pretty much know that he's a skeevy old man that spent years telling the "black community" that we should be moral, upright, upstanding characters, while he's been off drugging women and raping them. A few famous ones--like Janice Dickinson. I also know that many people thought the women were lying. Ironically enough, the people I've talked about this to--it's the women who accepted the truth without question, and the men who were the first to say "them hoes want money".
I say this, because I found the Cosby deposition from 2005 (on Scribd), and am going to do a blow by blow transcript of the whole thing. This will be a series, and I will pretty much stop every ten pages or so. I'm doing this because I want the victims heard, and this is my part.
Please bear in mind that I am not a lawyer.
The plaintiff is Andrea Constand. Obviously the defendant is "William H. Cosby, Jr". The deposition took place on November 21, 2005. It starts out with Constand's side telling the court that Cosby's side has not adhered to the legal guidelines of the court. Pretty much saying that he has delayed court/testimoney, and been intentionally disruptive. Basically they're saying that Cosby and his lawyers have done their best to keep the truth from getting out, and hurt Constand's case.
Cosby was deposed September 27 and 28, 2005. Constand's lawyers stated that Cosby's defense counsel denied Constand's rights to a proper interrogation, stating that they openly coached her, asked Cosby questions about the questions they were asking her, kept interrupting to babble nonsense, kept telling Cosby not to answer this question or that question, "inappropriately asserted a claim of privilege to numerous questions and lines of inquiry", and ended the deposition on their terms. Basically the defense counsel treated Ms. Constand in a demeaning way.
Then the deposition starts going deeper into how they were treating Ms. Constand.
1. They questioned her over a police document. The police had a document that had two social security numbers and addresses that were "associated with" Cosby. The defense kept asking Constand why were they on the document, know that this information was given to Constand's attorney's before the deposition.
Note: Troiani=Constand's lawyer; O'Connor= Cosby's lawyer
MS. TROIANI: There can't be an agreement if we both don't agree.
Constand's lawyers then go on to state that the questioning from Cosby's lawyers were twofold: Cosby agreed to provide a list of his residences, but did not, and the list provided by the police. They state that Constand had the right to inquire into the accuracy of the list, and Cosby's knowledge of the addresses on the list. They then said that Cosby's lawyers "misrepresented" that Cosby said that he lived in New York and Cheltenham--and that the list by the police doesn't match that.
2. Questions regarding the Quaaludes--this is the testimoney given by Cosby, after admitting that he had gotten seven prescriptions for Quaaludes:
Q. You gave them to other people?
Constand's lawyers state that this exchange illustrates how Cosby's lawyers were influencing him to change his testimony. Cosby said that he gave Quaaludes to "other people". When he heard his lawyers' "thinly veiled clues", he said he misunderstood the term "women" for "woman" i.e drugging a ton of women, versus one woman. Then Constand's lawyer (who I think is seriously awesome) states that Cosby's lawyer has "taken on the role of Judge" by saying that Constand's lawyer was "violating" his objection to questioning, when she was trying to put the questions on the record i.e. Constand and her lawyer are supposed to meekly follow whatever he and Cosby want, whatever they object to, and don't want to talk about.
And then, the defense counsel kept up. The next transcript was too long, so I'm just going to state what they are arguing about.
Ms. Trioani asks Cosby i.e. "witness" if you could keep a prescription of Quaaludes for a period of years. Cosby agrees with her. She then asked him how long was it that he had them, after he'd stopped getting prescriptions for them. His lawyer inserts the question "You're talking about the 1970's?". She rebuts with "I'm talking about the Quaaludes.". His lawyer says that he only had them in the seventies. She asks if he'd gotten them after, and his lawyer answers for him, saying that Cosby already said no. Ms. Trioani, badass, says that O'Connor (Cosby's lawyer) can't interrupt the deposition to testify for his client, which is a violation of federal rule.
The court reporter then reads something back, and Trioani asks "Did you, sir?". Cosby then proceeds to act like a doddering, feeble minded, old fool by asking what was the instruction before the arguing. Trioani says she doesn't know, but if his lawyer says not to answer it, then he can't answer it. His lawyer jumps in saying that his instruction was with "T------" (how she's described in the document) in 1976. He says that Cosby testified that he got the Quaaludes during that time period, and had seven prescriptions for them, over the years. He says that Cosby kept the Quaaludes over the seventies, eighties, nineties, and two thousands (what a bald faced lie....). Then, lawyer-smart ass asked if the question is directed at whether or not Cosby's dead doctor filled the prescriptions.
Trioani says that wasn't her question, and that she's asking if he ever obtained Quaaludes from any other source, other than the prescriptions. His lawyer wants to know what time frame she's referring to, and tells Cosby not to answer. Troiani then asks if Cosby has ever gotten anything that had a similar effect as Quaaludes. His lawyer, again, asks which time frame she's asking about. She says between 1976 and 2004. His lawyer then says that only one Jane Doe asks about Quaaludes and that they can only ask about Quaaludes past 1976 (which is what the Jane Doe testifies to), if they have another Jane Doe. Troiani says she's not talking about Quaaludes (she's not). His lawyer says that she can ask that, but there aren't any, and that (as though she should be disbarred for the audacity at even hinting that) she's suggesting that he drugged and raped women from 1976 to 2005.
Trioani then takes him to task. She says that Cosby's lawyer, O'Connor was disrupting the deposition. That she didn't agree that the drug given to her client was....BENADRYL (are they serious? Benadryl!?!?!), and that it was in fact QUAALUDES....and that because Cosby had admitted to illegally obtaining other, similar drugs, they had a right to question him to see if he's done it before. O'Connor says she has a right to "explore" what Cosby gave to her client. O'Connor goes on to say that just because Cosby gave Quaaludes to "T------", doesn't mean that he gave them to other women, from 1976 to 2004. Trioani asks him again to stop interrupting the deposition.
Trioani again asks Cosby if he's ever gotten any drugs similar to Quaaludes....his lawyer interrupts again, telling Cosby not to answer. She gets mad, and they have an exchange, where she says that he's violating federal rulings and disrupting the deposition; he threatens to put an objection on the record.
Constand's lawyers state that the above summary is an issue, because they need to know how willing Cosby is to get an illegal drug to rape women. They state that O'Connor is violating the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Pennsylvania Code of Civility. They end with saying that despite the fact that they signed a note stating they'd go on for as long as it took to get the deposition, Cosby was out by 4 pm, and that it was obvious that the lawyer was wasting time with his questioning.