For victims of sexual assault who are coming forward with their allegations of wrongdoing, proof of the accused’s other “bad acts” has made it clear that there is truly strength in numbers – that is, the more victims coming forward about the bad acts of a specific person being accused, the more likely that the victims will be believed. For the person accused of the wrongdoing, a wise plan of action is to attempt to exclude as many instances of these other “bad acts” as possible. Whether you are a victim or the accused, an understanding of this environment is critical to navigating it successfully, and that includes knowing what other “bad acts” evidence is.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, comedian Bill Cosby, who played Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” was found guilty of three counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault and faces up to 30 years in prison. Aggravated Indecent Assault used to be known more commonly as rape. This was the second jury trial in Cosby’s matter. Last year, a jury did not come to a unanimous verdict; on April 26, 2018, a different jury did. The two trials involved the same facts and the same accuser (Andrea Constand); but for the proof of other “bad acts” evidence, it was the same case.