Bill Cosby's Attorney Accuses D.A.'s Office of Playing "Political Football … With My Client's Life"
Monique Pressley appeared on all three of the broadcast network morning shows the day after the 78-year-old comedian was charged with sexual assault.
The day after Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault, his attorney Monique Pressley appeared on all three of the broadcast network morning shows, via video, where she defended her client and accused Montgomery County, Pa., district attorney-elect Kevin Steele of pursuing a political agenda.
"Before we even mount a defense, we will have to look at this game of political football that this Montgomery County D.A.'s office has played with my client's life," Pressley said on ABC's Good Morning America. "If you look at the political campaigns that led to the former DA and the about-to-be DA going head-to-head and choosing to make this issue a focal point, what we have now is not the effectuation of justice. What we have is the fulfillment of a campaign promise from a prosecutor who used this case and used the current climate about the allegations against my client in order to get into office and had to make good before the statute of limitations completely ran out on what he promised in order to get in that office."
Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. The first criminal charges against Cosby over his conduct with women were filed just a few days before Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations was set to run out, the Associated Press reported. Indeed, the case was a hot topic during the race between Steele and D.A. Bruce Castor, who in 2005 declined to pursue criminal charges in this matter. The AP reports that Steele, who is currently the top deputy in the D.A.'s office and is set to take the top job next week, attacked Castor for not prosecuting Cosby.
Pressley said on GMA that Castor deciding not to charge Cosby "led my client into a civil process where he testified because he believed that there was no thought whatsoever, no possibility, of him being charged criminally."
Pressley repeated her "political football" characterization of the charges on NBC's Today show, where she also insisted that Cosby "is not guilty … and there will be no consideration on our part of any sort of arrangement."
On CBS This Morning, Pressley referred to Steele as a "hungry D.A., trying to keep his campaign promise." But even though excerpts from Cosby's recently unsealed deposition in Constand's civil lawsuit against him were used in the affadavit attached to Wednesday's criminal complaint, Pressley indicated that Cosby's eyebrow-raising admission, in that deposition, of obtaining Quaaludes for sex would be a non-issue in this case.
"That's an admission that he makes about offering Quaaludes to two specific individuals in the 1970s," said Pressley. "Ten years ago, Quaaludes weren't even being made anymore. They are literally off the market. It's not something that could even be obtained, and I'm certain even this hungry D.A., trying to keep his campaign promise, isn't going to assert that Mr. Cosby has hiding in his medicine cabinet, Quaaludes that are 30, 40 almost 50 years old, and that's what was offered to Andrea Constand on the evening in question, many, many years ago."
She added, "There's nothing in that deposition where Mr. Cosby admits to committing any crime. In fact, he denies it vehemently and speaks specifically with respect to this incident."
Pressley also addressed Cosby's appearance on Wednesday as he arrived at the courthouse. Although people said he looked "frail," Pressley dismissed that, telling GMA, "I don’t really understand it. He’s a tall man of sufficient girth. He’s 78 years old, and blind, so he does use a cane so that he can know what’s coming in front of him and he does require assistance because of that and that is who the D.A.’s office has chosen to charge in this case. That’s his status now, 12 years later, but he is in good spirits and he has confidence in his legal team’s ability to bring about justice for him in this case."
Pressley also took a shot at the New York Daily News' "He said-she said, she said, she said…" cover.
"It's coming from that bastion of journalistic integrity, so I'm not really putting much stock into what any of their covers espouse to say about this case or any of the other cases," she said.