Monday, 10 December, 2018

Bill Cosby To Be Sentenced On Sexual Assault Charges This Week

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing in his sexual assault trial in Norristown Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing
Michele Schwartz | 24 September, 2018, 21:13

The judge set to sentence actor Bill Cosby on sex assault charges is limiting the number of other accusers who can testify next week.

Dudley is a member of Pennsylvania's Sexual Offenders Assessment Board and conducted an evaluation of Cosby following his April conviction for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004.

The judge allowed prosecutors to call five other accusers as witnesses in Cosby's second trial over the objections of his defense team, bolstering Constand's account.

Following the popularity of the video, women came out of the woodwork to accuse Mr. Cosby of many crimes, ranging from sexual harassment, assault, all the way to drugging and raping.

That Cosby's sentencing coming is as the same week as Ford's testimony before the Senate is certainly a coincidence.

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

The court documents, obtained by the site, however, did specify that the prosecutor's request to include additional women who did not testify at the trial was denied.

Crosby became the first celebrity convicted of a sex crime since the emergence of the #MeToo movement past year, in which scores of powerful men in entertainment and politics have been brought down by accusations of sexual misconduct.

Attorney, Gloria Allred, centre, with her clients aned Bill Cosby accusers, Chelan Lasha, left and Lise-Lotte Lublin.

The almost four-year effort to jail Bill Cosby as a convicted sexual assailant reaches the end of its first phase on Monday when a two-day sentencing hearing gets underway in Pennsylvania.

Observers of black pop culture say the rise of social media and black feminist voices has contributed to a generation that is more likely to see Cosby as a victimizer, not a victim. However, a smaller jail stint, house arrest and probation are also on the table for the embattled former comedian. He now faces up to 30 years in prison.

Valentino said of the women who have high hopes for the verdict of the trial that they pray it could mean that future generations of women won't have to face this type of treatment.

Cosby is in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom Monday for the start of his sentencing hearing.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated a little over 12 hours before reaching a unanimous verdict in the case. Dudley added that Cosby's assault of Andrea Constand fits a long pattern of predatory behavior by the former "Cosby Show" star.

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