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"Unique role"

Judge rules Camille Cosby must testify in defamation case

By WITW Staff on February 12, 2016

A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday ordered Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby’s wife of 52 years, to be deposed in a defamation case brought against the beleaguered comedy legend. Cosby’s legal team had sought to prevent her from having to testify under Massachusetts’ marital disqualification rule, under which spouses are often exempted from testifying about private conversations. It’s a law often invoked by reputed mob operatives. U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni reasoned that Camille has played a “unique role in [the] defendant’s life for over 50 years.” He contended that “she may possess a good deal of relevant, non-protected information which can be uncovered in a deposition.”

But Mastroianni limited the types of questions she’ll be forced to answer in the deposition, ruling that she will not have to answer questions about private conversations she and her husband engaged in. It was a ruling that was welcomed by the 78-year-old comedian’s legal team.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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