Prosecutors on Monday requested a decide to condemn Invoice Cosby to 5 to 10 years in jail for drugging and sexually assaulting a lady, whereas his lawyer argued that the 81-year-old comic is simply too outdated and frail to serve time behind bars.
“What does an 81-year-old man do in jail?” protection lawyer Joseph Inexperienced requested on Day 1 of the sentencing listening to for the comedian, who’s legally blind and depending on others. “How does he battle off the people who find themselves attempting to extort him, or stroll to the mess corridor?”
Inexperienced advised that Cosby as an alternative be positioned in a detention or rehabilitation facility or be put below one thing akin to deal with arrest.
Montgomery County District Lawyer Kevin Steele mentioned that Cosby, even at his superior age, remains to be able to slipping ladies medication and assaulting them. And he mentioned the sentence ought to ship a message to others.
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“Regardless of bullying ways, regardless of PR groups and other people attempting to alter the optics, as one lawyer for the protection put it, the underside line is that no one’s above the legislation. No person,” he mentioned.
Decide Steven O’Neill is predicted to condemn Cosby on Tuesday. The TV star as soon as recognized was America’s Dad for his starring position in The Cosby Present may develop into the primary superstar of the #MeToo period to be despatched to jail.
Cosby was convicted in April of violating former Temple College ladies’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
After testifying for a number of hours at two trials, the primary of which led to a hung jury, Constand spoke in court docket Monday for simply two minutes.
“The jury heard me. Mr. Cosby heard me. Now, all I’m asking for, is justice because the court docket sees match,” mentioned Constand, who submitted a for much longer victim-impact assertion that wasn’t learn in court docket.
The costs carry as much as 30 years in jail, although state sentencing pointers name for about one to 4 years behind bars.
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The decide can also be anticipated to resolve whether or not to declare Cosby a “sexually violent predator” — a scarlet letter that may make him topic to necessary lifetime counseling and group notification of his whereabouts.
On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby has an uncontrollable urge to violate younger ladies and would most likely commit one other offense if given the possibility.
Cosby typically befriended ladies, then sedated them with medication or alcohol and violated them for the “sole objective of his sexual gratification,” Dudley testified.
A psychologist for the protection is ready to testify Tuesday.
Cosby’s attorneys argued that the state legislation on classifying sexual predators is unconstitutional. They contended additionally that Cosby is unlikely to commit one other crime due to his superior age and well being and since there have been no complaints that he molested anybody within the 14 years since his encounter with Constand.
Constand’s mom, Gianna, additionally took the stand Monday and attributed her well being issues to Cosby-related stress. She accused Cosby of “ruining many lives.”
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“I can solely hope and pray that some sense of peace and religion will be restored again on our household,” she mentioned. “The victims can’t be un-raped. Sadly, all we are able to do is maintain the perpetrator accountable.”
Monday’s proceedings befell as one other extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, the place Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from greater than three a long time in the past.
Cosby, trying grim, walked into the courthouse within the morning on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt advised reporters within the afternoon that the entertainer was in “nice, nice” spirits.
“We inform him to remain robust and keep targeted, and he’s targeted on Mrs. Cosby, and that’s what issues in his household,” Wyatt mentioned. “He’s an important man. He’s nonetheless America’s Dad, and so they gained’t ever take that away. You possibly can’t take away the legacy.”
Within the years since Constand first went to police in 2005, greater than 60 ladies have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, although none of these claims have led to felony prices. No less than two of these ladies, Lise-Lotte Lublin and former mannequin Janice Dickinson, have been amongst these within the courtroom Monday.
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Prosecutors had hoped to have a number of the different accusers handle the court docket at sentencing. However the district lawyer’s workplace advised The Related Press that that may not occur.
A number of hours earlier than the listening to, Constand tweeted Ephesians four:26, a Bible verse about letting go of anger: “Be wrathful, however don’t sin; don’t let the solar set if you are nonetheless indignant; don’t give the Satan a possibility.”
Cosby, who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, turned the primary black actor to star in a prime-time TV present, I Spy, in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for a lot of the following half-century, hitting his peak within the 1980s with the top-rated The Cosby Present as the nice and cozy, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.
The AP doesn’t sometimes determine individuals who say they’re victims of sexual assault except they arrive ahead publicly, which Constand and different accusers have executed.