Bill Cosby going to prison

Bill Cosby going to prison
Bill Cosby going to prison

26 September, 2018

Also, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Cosby will be classified as a "sexually violent predator".

Defense lawyers wanted Cosby confined to house arrest, as he has been since his conviction, arguing that he is too old and too frail - the actor says he is legally blind - to endure a correctional facility.

The state sentencing guidelines indicate 22 to 36 months in prison, plus or minus 12 months because of aggravating or mitigating circumstances. But as CNN notes, the judge didn't have to stick to the guidelines. He will need to undergo lifelong counseling and he is also being forced to register on a sex offender's list.

Cosby was found guilty in April of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball coach at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Women's advocates hailed Cosby's sentence as a landmark (hash) MeToo moment.

As the allegations mounted, his career all but collapsed, "Cosby Show" reruns were taken off the air, and one college after another stripped him of his honorary degrees. "He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others", she wrote.

Former model Janice Dickinson, who was among the 60 or so women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and violating them over the past five decades, looked at him and said- "Here's the last laugh, pal".

Outside court, his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt slammed the judicial system and accused them of racism.

Cosby did not testify at the trial and has spoken publicly only infrequently since his criminal trial began. So Mr Cosby is doing fine.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that Cosby's age and infirmity entitle him to mercy.

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Prosecutors had demanded 5 to 10 years, after the three counts of aggravated indecent assault were merged into one, saving him a theoretically maximum sentence of 30 years.

Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill ordered Cosby to be jailed immediately, denying Cosby's request for bail while lawyers appeal the conviction.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury. A psychologist for the state testified that Cosby appears to have a mental disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent. A psychologist for the defense countered that Cosby's age made reoffending unlikely.

Bill Cosby is now a convicted sex offender.

O'Neill's ruling on Cosby's status will not impact the ultimate sentence.

O'Neill also chose to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

Cosby did not make a statement in court. "The victims cannot be unraped, all we can do is hold the perpetrators responsible". Griffin also tweeted, "Thank you to @ConstandAndrea and all the fearless survivors (over 60 of them!) for standing up to a man who used to be extremely powerful".

He is the first celebrity to be convicted of sexual abuse since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields.

Footage of Bill Cosby heading to court on the morning of September 25 showed the disgraced comedian with a smile on his face, which seems odd considering the developments of the day.

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