Bill Cosby unable to defend himself because of his Eyesight 

Bill Cosby’s eyesight became the focus of a court hearing Wednesday, with defense lawyers arguing he is too blind to recognize his accusers — and prosecutors saying his vision report looks like it came from “a LensCrafters at the mall.”
Cosby’s attorneys submitted a report that says he has glaucoma in both eyes to the Pennsylvania judge presiding over his sexual abuse case. Prosecutors said it was meaningless.
“You take a look at that report,” Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney Robert Fallin said during the hearing. “It’s really just a print out. It looks like something you’d get walking out of a LensCrafters at the mall.
“I don’t mean to slight LensCrafters,” he added. “They’re great.”
Cosby’s vision is an issue because the defense claims that in the 11 years it took for prosecutors to bring charges against him, his eyesight deteriorated so much that he can’t assist in his defense.
“In the materials the prosecution has turned over…there are photographs. Mr. Cosby cannot look at a photograph,” defense lawyer Angela Agrusa said in court. “He can’t tell you what is in that picture.”
That argument was picked apart by Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neil, who suggested that Cosby doesn’t need to see anything to remember what happened in the past.
“There is no evidence in this case that Mr. Cosby doesn’t have the ability to recollect events,” O’Neil said. “You’re taking the leap to say sight equals the inability to recollect events because you wouldn’t be able to see things that trigger memories.
“That’s a big leap.”
Agrusa countered that Cosby’s problems may not end with his failing eyesight.
“He is physically impaired,” Agrusa said. “I do not have the skills to be able to explain to him how to see. We can’t test his memory because he can’t see. He’s 79 years old. He may very well have memory issues.”
Cosby is charged in Pennsylvania with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand during an encounter in his home in 2004. It’s the only criminal case stemming from accusations by nearly 60 women.
The star has denied all allegations and the statute of limitations has run out on most of the cases, but prosecutors want to bring 13 of his accusers to the witness stand to show a pattern of behavior.
In court papers, Cosby defense argued that some of the accusers may be too old to remember the events accurately.
Gloria Allred, the attorney who represents some of the women, scoffed at that outside court on Tuesday.
“I’m in my senior years, older than most of those women, and I think I can still recollect quite a bit. That’s preposterous, and if that’s all they have then they’re in big trouble,” she said.
The defense is pushing for a dismissal on several other fronts, too. They argue that a prosecutor’s decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 shouldn’t have been reversed by a successor, and that racial bias is fueling the move to put him on trial now.
“My client is not a meme. He’s a human being. And his rights have been trampled. By ego and ambition. I think the discussion stops there,” Agrusa said.
Meanwhile, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele lambasted the defense for publishing the names of accusers who had not come forward publicly.
In motions filed on the eve of the first pre-trial hearing, Cosby’s defense team named all 13 potential witnesses, including one who accused Cosby publicly but under a pseudonym, and two who had not identified themselves.
“It’s another attempt to intimidate witnesses,” Steele charged. 

Via NBC

At least two dead, more than 100 injured after bombs at Boston Marathon

At least 105 people are injured and two dead after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon. The injuries include dismemberment, witnesses said, and local hospitals say they are treating shrapnel wounds, open fractures and limb injuries. An eight-year-old boy is one of the two known dead, multiple news outlets reported, and several of the injured are also children.

Authorities are telling Boston residents to stay home and avoid crowds as they try to “stabilize” the situation.

“We recommend to people that they stay home,” Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said at a brief press conference Monday afternoon. “We want to make sure that we completely stabilize the situation.”

“We are asking that people … calmly make their way home,” Gov. Deval Patrick said.

Davis said Boston police were not aware of any specific threat to the marathon before it began. Police have no one in custody, but are questioning many people.

Two large explosions, just 50 yards apart, went off shortly before 3 p.m. ET, more than four hours into the race. One of the explosions happened near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Copley Square. The blast scattered hundreds of onlookers and runners, and left a bloody scene of injured spectators, including children. Local news reporter Jackie Bruno wrote that she saw some people with their limbs blown off. The Boston Police Department said it is looking for video footage taken from the finish line as part of its investigation.

Boston Medical Center took in 20 patients, including two children, most of whom are being treated for “lower leg injuries,” a spokeswoman said. A spokeswoman for Tufts Medical Center said the hospital is treating nine patients for conditions such as shrapnel wounds, ruptured ear drums, and “serious orthopedic and neuromuscular trauma to the lower legs.”

President Barack Obama warned Americans in a brief statement Monday evening not to jump to conclusions before authorities find out who committed the act. “We will find out who did this,” Obama said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” A White House official said the incident is being treated as an act of terror.

NBC News, citing anonymous law enforcement sources, reported Monday that a “small homemade bomb” is believed to be responsible for the explosion. Authorities found and dismantled at least two more explosive devices. The FAA has created a no-fly zone around the area, and the Boston subway was shut down. Cell phone service was shut down in the area, the AP reported, to prevent any remote detonations. Family and friends of marathon runners or spectators can call 617-635-4500 for information.

In the video from the Boston Globe shows the moment the bomb went off, and the paper has also pulled together dramatic photos from the aftermath. According to marathon officials, several thousand runners had not finished the race when the explosions detonated.

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Police have evacuated the area on Boylston Street to continue sweeping for more devices. Runners who had not yet finished the race were stopped at mile 25 and directed to Boston Common. The Boston Police Department is calling in all off duty officers in the city. This New York Times map shows where on the route the explosions took place.

Patrick called it a “horrific day in Boston” in a statement.

The New York Police Department is stepping up security around the city in response to the explosion. At the White House, yellow police tape was used to block off Pennsylvania Avenue from pedestrians in front of the White House’s north gates and secret service were positioned along the perimeter. Credentialed pass holders continued to be permitted entry and exit from both the White House and the Executive Office Building.

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I will be keeping all of these innocent people in my prayers. This is horrifying situation to hear about. God Bless from the OnPointFamly. MuaH!