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Bill Cosby: The Hypocrisy Standard in Court

Among the reasons the judge unsealed court records involving Bill Cosby: his record as a “public moralist.” Wrote the judge: “Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime.” It sounds like Cosby fully deserves the loss of reputation he is now experiencing, but that seems like a very odd basis on which to rule. Would the judge have kept the records sealed if Cosby had spoken out in an anti-moralistic way on those subjects?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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