New York Daily News - Well, well, well. It is possible for a prosecutor to finally file charges against the once most powerful comedian on earth for aggravated indecent assault. But don’t let the extraordinary news blind us to the bigger story: Politics, the law and male privilege stood in the way of justice for far too long.
On December 16, The New York Times published an article detailing the outlines of a deal between Ferguson, Missouri and the Justice Department, which would force changes to the city's police department, including new training for police officers, improved record-keeping, and the installation of a federal monitor.
Nationwide, efforts to eliminate both criminal and civil statutes of limitations on child sex abuse gained momentum in the wake of the scandal at Penn State and more recent allegations by women who said they were drugged years ago by comedian Bill Cosby, said Marci A. Hamilton, a Cardozo School of Law professor leading the national crusade.
A lawsuit filed by Professor Alex Reinert, along with the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Morrison & Foerster, has led to far-reaching changes in the way state prisons use solitary confinement. The settlement with New York State will reduce the number of inmates held in solitary confinement, eliminate solitary as punishment for all minor violations, limit the duration of most solitary sentences, and increase rehabilitative features in solitary and end most of its dehumanizing aspects.