Whether you agree or disagree with sexual assault allegations by over 50 women, pointed at Bill Cosby, there’s no doubt, Monique Pressley, the attorney, leading the comedy legend’s defense is poised to become the Johnnie Cochran of this era, caping for Cosby in front of the entire globe, in what could become the trial of the century.

But instead of having the unwavering support of Black America as Cochran did when the attorney took on the state of California in defense of Simpson on the heels of the Rodney King verdict, Pressley fronts a polarizing cause and undoubtedly the biggest challenge of her still developing career: defending embattled global icon who many fear in the court of public opinion, is already proven guilty.

On Wednesday December 30, Cosby was arraigned on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from his 2005 deposition regarding the case of Andrea Constand, a woman who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her.

In the now infamous deposition, Cosby admitted to using Qaaludes, a popular recreational drug in the 1970s that is now illegal, to give to women he intended to have sex with.

After 78 year-old Cosby walked with a cane, entering a courtroom in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania to be officially arraigned, Pressley, who escorted Cosby by the arm, told reporters, she was glad Cosby was charged because it would give his defense an opportunity to prove his innocence in the court of law, instead of the court of public opinion, where Cosby’s legacy has been demolished since the story hit the news late 2014. tweet by tweet, a news story by news story, by disappointed fans, the explosive confession of legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson, and even the cover of Ebony magazine.

Pressley, appeared on “CBS This Morning” last Thursday defending him against the drug allegations.

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“It’s not even something that could be obtained and I’m certain — even this hungry DA trying to keep a campaign promise – isn’t going to assert that Mr. Cosby has had hiding somewhere in his medicine cabinet Quaaludes that are 30, 40, almost 50 years old,” said Pressley.

Rikki Kleiman, CBS News legal expert, said Cosbys attorneys are “doing exactly what they should be doing right now.”

“Back in the ’70s and ’80s, Quaaludes were often used by consenting adults, so that’s what this lawyer is talking about.”

Kleiman feels the biggest challenge Cosby’s defense team has is finding an impartial jury for a fair trial, which could be hard due to the publicity surrounding his more than 50 accusers.

“The vast majority of the public believes that all of these other alleged victims are people who suffered exactly the same fate that this woman, Andrea Constand, said she suffered, even though the details may be different…the devil is in the details here,” said Kleiman.

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“The defense has got to be fast and furious and slow and deliberate, all at the same time.”

Kleiman said in order to protect Cosby, his attorneys need to base the trial only on what happened between him and Constand.

Pressley said the other allegations surrounding her client had no “corroborating evidence.”

“Allegations from decades ago, allegations from women who never bothered to go in and make a complaint to police and in most instances, claim that they didn’t tell another living soul,” said Pressley.

“So if a judge chooses to consider from a prosecutor such testimony, then we will deal with that at that time.”

Cosby is free on $1 million bail and his next court appearance is January 14.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.

  • Gregory Chandler

    Trial of the century? I doubt it. Cosby is charged with putting his hand inside a person’s pants. Cosby is not charged with murder. GREGORY CHANDLER