Bill Cosby is now totally blind and confined to his home in Philadelphia, sources told Page 6 on Tuesday.
A source told
the NY Post:
He is confined to his house in Pennsylvania, and the only person on his side is his wife, Camille, who is masterminding his defense. His only friends are the small army of lawyers on his payroll.
This may come as a big surprise to many but it didn't just come out of nowhere.
Last year, in fact, Cosby attorney Monique Pressley said:
He's a 78-year-old blind man who they've chosen to charge That's not a defense to a charge, that's just a fact.
At that time, Cosby was seen stumbling into a Philadelphia courthouse, guided by his attorneys and using a cane.
Cosby's impaired vision was first mentioned in the 2004 sexual assault lawsuit brought against him by Andrea Constand, the alleged victim in the Pennsylvania criminal case. In a decade-old deposition, Cosby testified that his weakening eyesight 'is ongoing. It's getting worse' and refers to his doctor, who has a subspecialty in glaucoma.
Assuming that the latest report of blindness is true (and why should we?) what difference is it likely to make in his criminal trial?
According to Jacob Frenkel, a Maryland criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor,
It is a creative defense, likely without precedent, that I expect will be unsuccessful. A defendant becoming incompetent or compromised after the offense does not affect culpability for the commission of a crime.
Frenkel notes that otherwise, no blind person could be prosecuted for a crime.
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Page 6 further quotes its new source as saying,
His alleged victims may take some solace in the fact that he's in his own personal hell. He has been suffering from a degenerative eye disease and is completely blind. All his Hollywood friends have turned their backs on him.
Luckily, justice is blind, whether or not Mr. Cosby is.
Meanwhile, cry him a river.