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Bill Cosby (R) speaks to attorney Monique Pressley as they exit the Montgomery County Courthouse. (REUTERS/Mark Makela)

Cosby’s dream team

Bill Cosby’s secret weapon is high-powered attorney Monique Pressley

By WITW Staff on January 11, 2016

Monique Pressley has occupied a top spot in the legal world for decades, as a Howard University alum, assistant attorney general in Washington, D.C., and media-savvy radio host and TV analyst. But Pressley’s latest move has found her taking on an unpopular role: defender of Bill Cosby. According to NPR, Pressley got the job after a Cosby supporter heard her commenting about the case on a radio show, and recommended the embattled actor hire her.

Lolita Buckner Inniss, a former prosecutor, told NPR that Pressley’s identity as a black woman defending Cosby against sexual assault allegations against white women is significant for the case. “The idea that if an intelligent, well-spoken black woman stands with Bill Cosby on this, then perhaps some of those people who accuse Bill Cosby are lying,” Buckner Innis said.

TV legal analyst Roland Martin, who has known Pressley for 30 years, told NPR that she is taking the case very seriously, and that “there is no comfort zone” for her on the case.

“In some ways, Monique is on a lonely journey,” Martin said.

Read the full story at NPR.


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