Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing expected to wrap up today

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 25, 2018

The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities.

While District Attorney Kevin Steele said that Cosby deserved the maximum sentence of five to 10 years in state prison, defense attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. argued for a sentence that did not include incarceration, saying that to imprison the 81-year-old Cosby would be an "excessive hardship".

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

"Yes", Cosby responded, after asking him to speak up.

She testified that she took three blue pills Cosby offered her during a visit to his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004 because she trusted Cosby and believed they were some kind of an herbal relaxant.

Timothy P. Foley, a licensed psychologist who met with Cosby, testified for the defense on Tuesday that sex offense recidivism becomes "almost negligible" for people over the age of 70.

"Mr. Cosby is not unsafe", he said.

Constand writes in a victim-impact statement released Tuesday that Cosby's 2004 attack on her was just "the tip of the iceberg" for the suffering that followed. She was one of five "prior bad acts" witnesses who testified at the criminal trial that Cosby had incapacitated and then assaulted them without their consent.

Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison after being convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University athletics employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. "You heard me, the jury heard me and Mr. Cosby heard me". On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist on the stand for the state portrayed him as a sexual predator with signs of a mental disorder.

A judge in the sentencing hearing of Bill Cosby ruled Tuesday that the comedian is a "sexually violent predator".

Constand, who is now a massage therapist living in Canada, testified during the trial in April and in an earlier trial past year that ended with a hung jury that she had become friends with Cosby, and viewed him as a mentor.

The decision comes after a defense expert tried to convince the jurist the 81-year-old, who claims to be legally blind, was not a danger to the community.

Bill Cosby arrived in court on Tuesday to learn whether he will go to prison for sexual assault as his sentencing hearing in a Pennsylvania courtroom concludes, capping a remarkable fall from grace for the comedian once known as "America's Dad".

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law remains unconstitutional despite several revisions.

"Nobody is above the law", Steele said.

"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is risky is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse. That would translate into 10 years in prison for Cosby, a $25,000 fine, court costs and a psychosexual evaluation. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.

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