Cosby sentencing caps fall from 'America's Dad' to convicted felon

Calvin Saunders
September 24, 2018

Cosby, 81, will be sentenced in Pennsylvania this morning on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, charges that carry a punishment of anywhere from probation to 30 years behind bars.

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.

Around 60 women, many of them onetime aspiring actresses and models, publicly branded him a calculating, serial predator who plied victims with sedatives and alcohol to bed them over four decades.

Constand, who had gotten to know Cosby when she was managing the women's basketball team at Temple University, testified that the TV star gave her three blue pills, which caused her to pass out.

Cosby's first trial ended in June 2017 with a hung jury, hopelessly deadlocked after 52 hours of deliberations.

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On Thursday, Montgomery County Judge Stephen O'Neill denied a prosecution request to allow other accusers to testify as evidence of Cosby's alleged "uncharged criminal acts". The nonprofit's hotline has received a record number of calls in the past year, with many survivors citing the Cosby case and others as inspiration.

When the comedian, once known as "America's Dad", is sentenced to what could be up to 10 years in prison this week for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004, it will be perhaps the starkest evidence yet that the #MeToo movement has permanently altered the way the country reckons with sexual misconduct by powerful men.

Cosby plans to appeal against the conviction, and his lawyers will probably argue for leniency considering his age and frail health.

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. That would make him subject to lifetime counseling and community notification. "The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs".

Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.

. "At some point, he should acknowledge what he's done, and do the time for the crime".

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