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    • caseybonnerf

      I have always (well, as long as I’ve read Buzzfeed) enjoyed and respected Kate Aurthur’s writing, even when our opinions differ. She’s one of the very few Buzzfeed staffers I follow on Twitter, mostly because I enjoy her insight in on the various topics on which she writes. However, her attitude towards Bill Cosby deeply bothers me. I don’t know if it’s because I am a criminal defense attorney, so it’s my job to defend the accused regardless of guilt, but the assumption that Mr. Cosby is guilty of these charges due to the number of accusations and the past settlements is unsettling. It’s not just Ms. Aurthur; most of the country has left “innocent until proven guilty” behind (see: Adrian Peterson). I don’t necessarily think Mr. Cosby is innocent, and even as a defense attorney, the number of accusations and the nature of the accusations makes me cautious to declare him so. But the assumption that he *is* guilty is written all over Ms. Aurthur’s writings on Mr. Cosby—and without a court’s adjudication or his own admission that he is guilty, we simply cannot know for certain. Again, I have the utmost respect for Ms. Aurthur and her opinion, and she is not the only journalist (or human) who presumes guilt without a court’s adjudication of the matter. But this trend has bothered me for some time, and I simply had to say something.