The Quick Read: Bill Cosby Won't Take The Stand In Sexual Assault Retrial

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Sydney Scott Apr, 24, 2018

Here’s everything we’re talking about today:

Bill Cosby will not take the stand in his sexual assault retrial. The defense rested on Monday after 25 witnesses took the stand. Cosby previously opted out of taking the stand in the first sexual assault trial that ended in a hung jury last year. (Vulture)

TBS has renewed The Last OG, which stars Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish. The series focuses on an ex-con who returns to gentrified Brooklyn to find that things have changed. (Shadow and Act)

A white judge has received probation for election fraud in the same count where a Black woman received five years in prison for voting without knowing it was against the law. Russ Casey, a Tarrant County, Texas Justice of the Peace, was busted for tampering with government records after an investigation found that many signatures on his ballot petition were false. Crystal Mason, however, was sentenced to time in jail in the same county after submitting a provisional ballot in the November 2016 election. Mason was unaware that she could not vote due to a 2011 conviction for filing fraudulent tax returns. (The Root)

Denzel Washington is reportedly in talks to star in King Lear on Broadway. Washington currently stars in Broadway’s The Iceman Cometh. (Broadway.com)

A Florida judge has resigned after belittling and berating a wheelchair-bound woman who died three days after the incident. Judge Merrillee Ehrlich berated Sandra Faye Twiggs, who suffered from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, telling Twiggs, “Ma’am, I am not here to talk to you about your breathing treatments!,” as she struggled to alert the judge of her condition. Twiggs died at home three days later after being unable to receive proper treatment while in jail. (Miami Herald)

Get a glimpse of Zazie Beetz in a new Deadpool 2 promo. In the hilarious clip, Domino tries out for a spot among Deadpool’s team of mercenaries. Beetz proves that she’s right at home in the Deadpool family. (YouTube)

Colin Kaepernick has been honored by Amnesty International for his activism and work highlighting police brutality, Kaepernick received the organization’s Ambassador of Conscience awards, joining the ranks of Alicia Keys, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, and Harry Belafonte. (Vibe)

Non-white Starbucks employees are pointing out that the company’s issues with race go beyond employees. Employees recently spoke out about the discrimination they face from customers with one woman saying that she’s witnessed non-white employees being verbally assaulted and Black employees called racial slurs. (Business Insider)