Bill Cosby Faces Sentencing in Sexual Assault Case

Lawrence Kim
September 26, 2018

"Being blind does not stop him from meeting people". The trial centered on testimony from Constand and also featured testimony from five "prior bad acts" witnesses who similarly said Cosby had drugged and assaulted them.

Judge O'Neill stated that this tactic was "clearly delaying this", and recommended that defense attorney Joseph Green see if there is "any chance" they can get their witness in front of him as quickly as possible.

While some will be disappointed not to voice their accusations in court, experts say it could remove a lengthy part of the trail and speed up the hearing. "What they're asking for is a "get out of jail free" card". And he said the sentence should send a message.

Trying to avoid the designation for their client, Cosby's lawyers argued the law is unconstitutional. "Nobody", the district attorney said.

Convicted for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, Bill Cosby could become the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.

"The jury heard me". Cosby shouted: "He doesn't have a plane, you asshole!"

Monday's hearing also featured victim impact statements from Constand, her parents and her sister.

Cosby refused to cooperate, which he was rightfully allowed to do, so Dudley said she relied on transcripts from both of his criminal trials.

A jury convicted Cosby of three felony counts.

Cosby could then be sentenced late on Monday, rather than on Tuesday.

Kristen Dudley, a psychologist who prepared the board report testified that Cosby has a personality disorder that was made evident by a lifetime of pursuing non-consenting women, which she said wasn't lessened by his old age. On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist for the state testified. Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until any legal appeal is resolved.

"Green suggested an alternative punishment program would be more appropriate".

Constand's mother, Gianna, says Cosby had "protected himself at the cost of ruining many lives". She said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people. "The victims can not be un-raped. Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable".

The two-day sentencing hearing will begin with testimony about Cosby's sex offender evaluation and whether he should be deemed a sexually violent predator.

Cosby, once the beloved star of the 1980s television comedy The Cosby Show, eventually faced accusations from some 60 women stretching back decades, some of which had always been known but previously failed to gain traction. His wife of over 50 years, Camille, was noticeably absent.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told reporters in the afternoon that the entertainer was in "great, great" spirits. "He's a great guy". A number of accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, were on hand for the sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors had hoped to have some of the other accusers address the court at sentencing. But the district attorney's office told The Associated Press on Monday they would not be taking the stand.

Constand tweeted a Bible verse earlier Monday.

What he saw in Andrea the first time he laid eyes on her. He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

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