Personal injury law firm Laffey, Bucci & Kent is pleased to announce that attorney Stewart Ryan recently presented: How A Crime Victim Lawsuit and Lawyers Helped Deliver Justice at The National Crime Victim Bar Association National Conference, “Civil Actions for Criminal Acts.”
As Assistant Chief of the Trials Division in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Ryan prosecuted a number of high-profile cases including Commonwealth v. William H. Cosby Jr. Ryan’s presentation focused on the nearly three-year journey of the criminal prosecution in the case against Cosby. He focused particularly on the positive impact of the 2005-2006 civil litigation against Cosby, from the defendant’s damaging deposition admissions to his once-confidential settlement agreement intended to silence the survivor.
Commonwealth v. Cosby has been described as historical and groundbreaking for its impact on the nation’s movement toward finally recognizing the gravity of crimes of sexual violence. At the time of conviction, the allegation against the defendant was more than 14 years old, but the arrest and conviction of the man who has been described as America’s most prolific serial rapist never could have occurred without the tireless efforts of the survivor and her attorneys.
Held on Dec. 6, 2019 in Denver, Colorado, The National Crime Victim Bar Association’s annual conference provided cutting-edge information on current legal subjects and offered important resources and litigation strategies that attorneys need to best represent crime victims. Held in conjunction with the National Training Institute of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the annual gathering brings together nearly 1,000 victim advocates, civil attorneys, criminal justice professionals, and law enforcement officers to share their knowledge and experience across disciplines.