Sunday, 20 October, 2019


Cosby sentenced for three to 10 years, branded 'predator'

A cell at SCI Phoenix A cell at SCI Phoenix
Hannah Rogers | 27 September, 2018, 10:12

At Tuesday's sentencing, a judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator" and ordered the 81-year-old television star to serve three to ten years in prison.

Cosby will occupy one of the facility's 3,830 beds.

He's allowed phone calls, visits and exercise.

When the prison opened in June, Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel described it as a "21st century institution with advanced security features, environmentally efficient infrastructure and modern work and housing spaces".

The prison's long-term goal is to place Cosby in the general population, officials said.

The judge said he recognized the defendant's age and blindness, but said they could not be the determining factors.

Other potential appeals grounds include the decade-plus gap between the crime and Cosby's arrest, claims of bias against the trial judge and an alleged promise by a former district attorney not to prosecute Cosby for the Constand incident.

At sentencing Tuesday, Pennsylvania judge Steven O'Neill ruled that, on top of a 3- to 10-year sentence, Cosby would be forced to cough up a $25,000 fine in addition to paying back the cost of his own prosecution.

Appearing alongside her attorney, Gloria Allred, Lise-Lotte Lublin said: "It felt like consequences have been imposed, even if he doesn't want to do it, he has to do it".

Mesereau called Cosby's trial "unfair". - Cindra Ladd, a model-turned-Hollywood executive who says Cosby gave her a pill that incapacitated her and then raped her in 1969.

Wyatt added, "All three of the psychologists who testified against Dr. Cosby were white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators".

What happened to Cosby was "the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States", Wyatt also said before taking an even more unusual turn in his speech.

Minutes earlier, Ms Constand left court with her arms folded, a smile spreading across her face as other women who have accused Cosby came to hug her.

If Cosby serves the 10-year sentence, he will be 91 when he's released. Cosby's lawyers deposed the women and Cammarata deposed Cosby's wife, Camille, but Cosby himself got a reprieve while the criminal case loomed.

"When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities".

Wyatt also accused prosecutors, without evidence, of falsifying evidence.

Feden says "her courage and strength was enough for me to say, 'Let's keep going".

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