Bringing Cosby to Justice: Part 2 – An Investigator’s Guide to the Cosby Prosecution

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Kristen Gibbons
Kristen Gibbons-Feden, Esq.
Litigation Associate Attorney, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young
M. Stewart Ryan
M. Stewart Ryan, Esq.
Associate Attorney, Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP

This workshop will follow the plenary session on the Cosby prosecution. The workshop is built for investigators and practitioners and will concentrate on the most significant investigative aspects of the case. The prosecution spanned more than three years from the re-opening of the investigation to sentencing. During those three years, there were two trials, scores of motions and hearings, nearly two dozen criminal defense attorneys, and a variety of unique issues related to the presentation of evidence. The audience will walk through the most impactful aspects of the case including the reopening of the investigation, calling multiple prior victims to testify, the use of experts to dismiss and contextualize common rape myths (especially involving known offenders), the challenges of trying the case twice under an international microscope, and the critical value of having the same detective involved from the first investigation in 2005 all the way through conviction in 2018.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify techniques that are unique to the investigation and prosecution of historical sexual assault cases. 
  • Define and recognize effective strategies when presenting evidence in cases involving multiple survivors. 
  • Examine and explain the many complex factors that impacted the decisions in this prosecution, in particular the decision to re-open the investigation and re-try the case after the first trial resulted in a hung jury. 
  • Understand and articulate the important decisions and circumstances that led to an ultimately successful prosecution that was the first of its kind in the #MeToo era. 

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