'Rather Lenient': Judge Napolitano Weighs in on Bill Cosby's Prison Sentencing

Danny Woods
September 26, 2018

Bill Cosby's furious spokesman compared the disgraced actor to Jesus on Tuesday, just moments after he was sentenced to serve three to 10 years in a Pennsylvania prison for drugging and sexual assaulting a woman 14 years ago.

In a statement submitted to the court and released on Tuesday, Constand, 45, said she had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt.

Cosby, a felon who is now officially classified as a "sexually violent predator" for life, will require mandatory counseling and community notifications.

According to Variety, Cosby remained seated and showed no emotion as his sentence was handed down.

United States television icon Bill Cosby, 81, has been sentenced to three to 10 years in jail for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing, during which the judge declared Cosby a "sexually violent predator".

Monday's sentencing came as Cosby's defense team has accused O'Neill of bias and asked him to remove himself from the case - and to reverse an order that allowed the trial to happen in the first place. His name will also appear on a sex-offender registry sent sent to neighbors and schools.

Prosecutors had asked for the maximum prison sentence of between five and 10 years, citing the nature of Cosby's crime as well as his alleged history of misconduct.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year career in entertainment.

Andrew Wyatt spoke to reporters outside a Norristown courtroom where he called anyone who has anything bad to say about Cosby a "joke".

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"The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is unsafe is not supported by anything other than the frenzy", Green said, as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse.

The comedian must also pay a fine of $20,000 as well as the prosecution's court costs.

She testified that she took three blue pills Cosby offered her during a visit to his home outside Philadelphia in early 2004 because she trusted Cosby and believed they were some kind of an herbal relaxant.

The 2004 incident was the only one that resulted in criminal charges. "I see they're trying to give him prison time", she told USA TODAY.

Several of Cosby's victims arrived to court Monday for the sentencing, including supermodel Janice Dickinson.

Cosby is the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.

Camille Cosby said her husband's defense team plans to address the matter on appeal.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a verdict. They said he used "his stature at Temple University, and, of course, his acting success and public persona to facilitate his drug-induced sexual assault".

But a member of the state board recommending the designation, said that it was "possible" he had already met "a future victim".

She also wrote of Cosby: "We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over".

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