Disgraced US television icon Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison by a judge on Tuesday and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago. The DA still pushed for a 5-10 year sentence, while the defense requested house arrest, and the sentence appears to have landed solidly in middle ground.
Defense attorney Joseph Green started the second day of Cosby's sentencing hearing by getting a psychologist for the state to acknowledge it's possible Cosby is in "full remission" from a psychological disorder she says gives him the uncontrollable urge to assault women.
In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.
A judge has told Bill Cosby that he's not entitled to bail while the 81-year-old comedian appeals his sexual assault conviction. Steele said in court Monday. "As she [Constand] said, Mr. Cosby, you took her attractive, healthy young spirit and crushed it".
"This has been along journey to justice for all of the accusers, particularly Andrea Constand and her family" said Gloria Allred, an attorney for some of Cosby's accusers, some of whom testified against him in court.
Bill Cosby doesn't plan to make a statement in court before he's sentenced for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. Cosby was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs and will begin serving his prison sentence immediately. Cosby didn't testify at either of his two trials.
Dr. Kristen Dudley, a clinical psychologist and one of the authors of a report on Cosby by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, pushed for the comic to be labeled a sexually violent predator during the hearing.
Five months after walking out of the Montgomery County Courthouse with a guilty verdict, Bill Cosby has learned his fate.
The Cosby case "really raised awareness of the pervasiveness of. sexual misconduct against subordinates and against women of relatively less power", said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University's law school.
Cosby is now free on US$1-million bail until he's sentenced, which is expected to happen Tuesday.
After Foley made his "predator" ruling, Cosby politely told the judge that he waived allocution, a defendant's formal statement to the court and listened to the conditions of his registration as a sex offender, curtly responding to confirm whether he understood. It does not impact the length of the actual sentence.
"This judge. has actually given a rather lenient sentence", Napolitano said.
"Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not a danger, unless perhaps to themselves", he said.
The actor's defence team had argued the state's sex offender law was too severe given Cosby's age and the fact that he is legally blind.