How the Cosby Scandal Is Changing the Nation’s Rape Laws
He’s leaving a legacy. States have been expanding the statute of limitations on rape charges ever since comedian Bill Cosby’s victims began to flood the courts with their stories — often too old to prosecute. Nevada pushed their time limit from four years to 20, and Colorado’s doubled from 10 to 20. California’s new law, signed this week after passing unanimously, gets rid of the statute of limitations altogether. But public defenders and civil libertarians worry that wrongful convictions could soar thanks to hazy, decades-old memories.