Cosby victim asks only for 'justice' at sentencing hearing

Elias Hubbard
September 26, 2018

Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill has sentenced Bill Cosby to no less than three years and no more than 10 years in prison.

She also wrote: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over".

Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, "I Spy", in 1965. What his plan was. "The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs". "And that didn't involve consent". Mr. Cosby heard me. "Eighty-one-year-old blind men that are not self sufficient are not risky", hit back defense lawyer Joseph Green. He would also be required to undergo lifelong counseling. Cosby was convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said.

It remained unclear whether Constand or Cosby would speak at the sentencing.

"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars", said Lise-Lotte Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her when she was 23 in 1989. She told police in 2005 about the incident but prosecutors declined to press charges, and they settled the case in civil court a year later.

"He is likely to re-offend", said Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board that conducted an evaluation on Cosby this summer. She said people who commit this sort of aberrant sexual behaviour, which she described as a form of paraphilia, were likely to reoffend.

O'Neill will also consider whether Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator. "That he is touchable, like he touched us unwillingly", she said. Cosby is expected to appeal his conviction, which could be overturned at some future date.

None of the other accusers who testified at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial will take the stand at his sentencing hearing.

Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Wyatt and Ebonee Benson.

Cosby previously settled Constand's claim for $3.4million back in 2006, however it is unclear whether this factor will weigh against him or not.

"When Mr. Steele's witnesses at trial made outbursts, that was excused, everybody understands, but when the defendant makes one, it deserves three pages in a sentencing memorandum?"

His lawyers have said he will appeal the conviction, which observers say could push the case up to Pennsylvania's highest court and take several years. Prosecutors hope to call other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.

That was Cosby's second trial for these charges - the jury in the first trial deadlocked, and the judge declared a mistrial. "The victims can not be un-raped".

Andrea Constand's father, Andrew, told the court: "The thought of what happened to my daughter ... will always be with me forever like a dark cloud hanging over my head".

Prosecutors had hoped to have some of the other accusers address the court at sentencing. Convicts typically use the opportunity, before a sentence is handed down, to beg for mercy.

Montgomery County DA Kevin Steele argued for Cosby to get a maximum sentence of five to 10 years in prison - citing the fact that Cosby has never apologized or shown remorse for his actions. "Nobody", the district attorney said. O'Neil last week denied the motion, calling it untimely and "wholly without merit", court records show.

Cosby, 81, could be sentenced to as many as 30 years.

Cosby was convicted in April and faces years in prison.

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