Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years

Ed Hille  POOL The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ed Hille POOL The Philadelphia Inquirer

And he said the sentence should send a message.

In her own statement to the court, Constand's mother, Gianna, said Cosby had attacked her daughter's reputation in order to preserve his own. Prosecutors hope to call other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.

Court has adjourned for the day. Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until any legal appeal is resolved. "Now all I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit", said Andrea Constand, who submitted a much longer victim-impact statement that wasn't read in court.

Constand's parents and sister told Judge Steven O'Neill that the assault had taken an vast emotional toll.

"Green suggested an alternative punishment program would be more appropriate".

O'Neill last week denied prosecutors' request to present "numerous" witnesses who would testify that Cosby sexually abused them in incidents that did not result in criminal charges, court records show.

Cosby faces up to 10 years on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, although it is unlikely Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill would go as high as 30 years, according to Steven Chanenson, a law professor at Villlanova University and an expert on sentencing. He went on to superstardom as wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show", a sitcom that showed America a new kind of black TV family: a warm and loving household led by two professionals, one a lawyer, the other a doctor. "You can't take away the legacy".

Cosby, looking grim, walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.

More than 60 women accused Cosby at his trial.

Several of Cosby's victims arrived to court for the sentencing, including supermodel Janice Dickinson. But the district attorney's office told The Associated Press that that would not happen.

Dr Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and member of Pennsylvania's State Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, said he should receive the label, which would necessitate community notification of his whereabouts, lifetime counselling and be permanently attached to his name.

Cosby's lawyers had fought the "sexually violent predator" designation, arguing that Pennsylvania's sex-offender law is unconstitutional and that he is no threat to the public at his age. That's when she said Cosby escorted her to a couch where he sexually assaulted her.

A state panel had advised that Cosby should be classified as a "sexually violent predator".

"This is about a person who put himself in a situation of being a mentor, but we know he had other intentions just from the beginning", District Attorney Kevin Steele said on the first day of a hearing that would determine how severely the disgraced actor sould be punished.

Prosecutors demanded the "maximum" sentence, served in a state prison, together with a $25,000 fine and the full cost of the prosecution.

Her tweet was: "Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity".

The comic once known as America's Dad faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison after being convicted in April in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

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