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Bill Cosby attorney assails Fordham after it rescinds degree

Fordham University has the right to rescind an honorary degree given to Bill Cosby in 2001 but was irresponsible and inaccurate in explaining why it took the step, an attorney for Cosby said in a letter Friday.

Attorney John P. Schmitt responded to Fordham's decision in the letter addressed to the Rev. Joseph McShane, the university's president, and made public by Cosby's publicist, David Brokaw.

Schmitt, noting he was a Fordham Law School alumnus, said the Board of Trustees acted within its rights.

But he added that the university's statement was "so irresponsible as to shock the conscience" and said it "grossly mischaracterizes both Mr. Cosby's...