- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2015

A black conservative public policy group is defending Bill Cosby amid an avalanche of rape allegations, saying the comedian’s alleged victims made “a personal and calculated decision” many years ago to “live with whatever transpired.”

Project 21, a group sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research that describes itself as “a leading voice of black conservatives,” released a statement Thursday condemning the judge who unsealed Mr. Cosby’s 2005 deposition.

“This ruling is appalling,” said Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21. “A decision to unseal documents is a weighty one and should only occur under exceptional circumstances — circumstances that have nothing to do with the popularity, or lack thereof, of one of the litigating parties.”

In 2005, Mr. Cosby testified under oath during a sexual assault civil suit brought by a former Temple University employee. In the deposition, he admitted to obtaining prescriptions for Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women for sex.

The group believes that Judge Eduardo C. Robreno’s decision to unseal the documents was retaliation for Mr. Cosby’s 2005 infamous “Pound Cake” speech, which criticized the way many black parents rear their children.

“This transcript should have stayed sealed or been unsealed solely for legal reasons, not due to Cosby’s beliefs about any issue beyond this case,” said Project 21 member Deroy Murdock. “Americans should be free to express themselves without fearing that their views will be used later to justify breaching confidential documents in what resembles political score settling by federal judges.”

Archbishop Council Nedd II, one of the co-founders of Project 21, said: “What we have seen over the last year is Bill Cosby repeatedly attacked and tried in the media. Without commenting on the allegations against Dr. Cosby, or the credibility of the accusers, based on the fact that none of the accusers, seen on the variety of news and talk shows, saw fit to push for criminal charges when the events occurred, tells me that they made a personal and calculated decision to live with whatever transpired. To me it seems opportunistic to seek media headlines now.”

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