Camille Cosby is ordered to give her deposition in the sexual assault lawsuit against her husband, Bill Cosby. Radar Online, Feb. 12, 2016, reported that Camille must answer all the questions unless they pertain to her marital conversations.
Camille is protected by the marital disqualification rule, so she can avoid answering questions pertaining to her private conversations with her husband. Apparently, both sides are happy with U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni’s rulings as they declare it a victory for their side.
U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled, “This is a difficult issue as there is very little authority directly on the subject. The court concludes that the marital disqualification rule does apply to deposition testimony. Deponent, when appropriate, may refuse to answer deposition questions which call for testimony prohibited by the rule and not falling within an exception.”
Judge Mastroianni added, “The court will not quash the deposition subpoena and will not issue a formal protective order.”
Camille Cosby war ordered to give her deposition on January 6, but her legal team appealed and managed to delay it. The date is scheduled for February 22, unless Mrs. Cosby’s legal team comes up with a way to delay it again.
Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for Bill Cosby, said, “Critically important decision by the Court today, agreeing with Mrs. Cosby’s appellate argument, affirming the confidential nature of and protection afforded to marital communications.”
Joseph Cammarata, attorney for the alleged victims said, “We intend to get that important information when we take her deposition.”
Lawyers for the prosecution believe that Camille knows vital information because she was married to Bill for over 50 years and she is also his business manager. If money was going out to pay the women for their silence, then Camille may have known about it.
The lawyers for the alleged victims are equally confident in the judge’s ruling
Over 50 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and/or sexually molesting them. Many of the women would say that Bill would offer them a drink and a pill to help relax them. Some women refused, but when the consumed the offered beverage, they began to feel strange. Some women were rendered unconscious while others would have fleeting bits of memory of Bill taking off his clothes and penetrating them.
A few women managed to escape his advances, but not the memory of what happened.