NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sex Assault, GOP Sues To Strip Ex-Cons Of Voting Rights, DOJ Seeks Death Penalty For Dylann Roof,


Bill Cosby Will Stand Trial For Criminal Sex Assault In Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania judge ordered Bill Cosby to stand trial on criminal sexual assault charges. The judge found there was sufficient evidence to try the entertainment mogul on three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.

The charges stem from an incident more than a decade ago involving former Temple University employee Andrea Constand

In a statement given to police in 2005, Mr. Cosby said he gave Constand allergy medicine, but Constand claims it was those pills that made her unable to stop  Cosby’s sexual advances.

Cosby and his attorney Brian McMonagle have always maintained that the relationship with Constand was consensual and therefore, there was no crime committed.

If convicted, Cosby faces up to ten years in prison.

Prosecutors To Seek The Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with shooting up a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Roof is accused of killing nine people during bible study at the historically black Emanuel A-M-E Church last year.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch released a statement saying, “the nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.” 

Roof faces 33 federal charges, including hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms offenses.

GOP lawmakers in Virginia are trying to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 individuals who were formerly incarcerated.

Republicans filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Virginia complaining Gov. McAuliffe overstepped his authority last month when he restored felons’ voting rights. They have also accused McAuliffe of rushing to restore the ex-cons’ voting rights in time to help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November’s general election.

Student With Cerebral Palsy Walks For The First Time To Get Diploma

high school senior in Oklahoma surprised his classmates with something they never thought they’d see.

Micah McDade walked for the first time during his high school graduation to receive his diploma.

The Okmulgee High School senior suffers from cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound, but months ago, he made the decision that he wanted to walk across the stage to accept his diploma.

Okmulgee News reported that McDade was working “behind the scenes” to achieve his goal of walking on graduation day.

The family of the late baseball legend Tony Gwynn has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for 31 years, admitted he had an addiction to the substance and in 2014, he died from salivary gland cancer at the age of 54.

The lawsuit targets Altria Group, Inc., formerly Philip Morris Companies, Inc., which makes Skoal chewing tobacco. The company gave Gwynn free samples of the product during his college years.

The suit also alleges the tobacco company did not mention the highly addictive nature of the substance.

WHy Did A A 12-Year-Old Black Girl Return From A School Trip With Severe Rope Burns Around Her Neck?

A 12-year-old Black girl says her White classmates intentionally injured her neck with a rope.

The injury happened while the student was on a 6th grade overnight school camp trip late last month.

The girl says that she and 22 white students were playing with a rope swing and that when she stopped to watch, a classmate placed the rope around her neck from behind. She also said she was pulled to the ground and that no one tried to help.

Her mother, Sandy Rougely, believes her daughter was attacked because she is Black and plans to press a personal injury claim against the Live Oak Classical School.

Are School Principals Going Too Far?

A high school senior at Homewood Flossmoor High School was banned from the prom and possibly graduation for a spoke word performance that contained questionable language at the school’s talent show. 

Ball is an honor student and  has been accepted into eleven colleges and universities receiving more than $1 million dollars in scholarships.

Ball is awaiting a final decision as to whether she will be allowed to walk at graduation.

On a similar note, the valedictorian of a Louisiana High School was not allowed to walk in his graduation because of facial hair.

Despite Andrew Jones being a straight A student and gifted athlete, who is heading to college on a scholarship, he was not allowed to take the stage at his graduation last week.

The reason? He refused to shave his beard. A beard he’s had all four years in High School.

The student of the year was one of thirteen students who were told to shave prior to the graduation ceremony. Since the rule had never been enforced before, Jones refused to completely remove his beard and settled on a goatee.

Former NBA Player Outs Woman Who Denied Him A Seat On A Train

Recently, retired NBA player Etan Thomas had to check a woman on social media for her rude behavior on the train.  Etan’s post reads:

“Ok so I’m getting on the train and there are no open seats and I ask this lady if I could sit next to her (very politely and I soften my voice as to not frighten her) and she says someone is sitting here. So I go to the next seat. Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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