Bill Cosby’s sentencing for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, 45, begins today in Philadelphia with an outcome expected as soon as tomorrow.
Cosby, 81, was accused by Constand, 45, of drugging and assaulting her when she visited his home in Pennsylvania for career advice in 2004.
The defendant could serve up to 30 years in state prison with each count carrying a maximum of ten years behind bars, and a minimum of 22 months.
It has been suggested that due to Cosby’s age his legal team will fight for home detention, according to Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson.
Bill Cosby’s sentencing for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, 45, begins today with an outcome expected as soon as tomorrow
Levenson told NBC that this may not be the case as although he isn’t considered a flight risk, he doesn’t have any ‘clear winners’ for his appeal, which his attorneys are expected to do.
Due to Cosby’s lack of apologies to his victims, his lack of public remorse and his criticism for the judge, Steven T. O’Neill there is a lot stacked against him.
His wife Camille Cosby recently claimed that that O’Neill is biased against her husband in a state ethics complaint.
Cosby, 81, was accused by Andrea Constand (pictured), 45, of drugging and assaulting her when she visited his home in Pennsylvania for career advice in 2004
Cosby previously settled Constand’s claim for $3.4million back in 2006, however it is unclear whether this factor will weigh against him or not.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents three of the five accusers allowed to testify in the trial, that if Cosby does not serve his time in prison it will be a case of ‘celebrity justice’.
She argued that he shouldn’t be given an easy ride and also that he shouldn’t be released pending his appeal.
Many of Cosby’s alleged victims planned to meet ahead of the sentencing to go to the courtroom together today.
His wife Camille Cosby (right) recently claimed that that O’Neill is biased against her husband in a state ethics complaint
Victoria Valentino, 75, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in Los Angeles in 1969, said that the group hope he is sentenced to at least two years and one day in jail.
If the sentencing exceeds two years then Cosby will have to go to state prison, Valentino said the women would feel validated and vindicated to see him walk out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Testimony during the two-day hearing could be essential to the verdict of the case, however it is unclear whether the five woman who have testified will be permitted to speak.
Although Weinstein’s story arguably caused a bigger impact, Cosby is far more recognizable as ‘America’s Dad’ for his long-standing role on The Cosby Show (file image of the final episode of The Cosby Show in 1992)
Although five woman have testified during this case, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them, ranging from groping to rape, with many claiming that he also drugged them.
Cosby’s case could set an example for the consequences of sexual assault in contemporary Hollywood in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
The movement began with claims that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is facing his own prosecution, paid hush money to his rape accusers.
Although Weinstein’s story arguably caused a bigger impact, Cosby is far more recognizable as ‘America’s Dad’ for his long-standing role on The Cosby Show.
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.