CNN reports that Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing is now set for September 24 and 25, according to a court order from Judge Steven O'Neill.
Cosby was recently found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, after drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in Philidelphia in 2004. The 80-year-old comedian-actor now faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, although the chances of him serving the full term are unlikely.
Many people, including other women who allege that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in previous years, believe that he should spend time in prison. But given Cosby's age, health, philanthropic work, and lack of a criminal record, it is unlikely that Cosby will be forced to spend the remainder of his life behind bars.
In fact, some legal experts believe that Cosby likely won't spend any time behind bars. The actor's defense team claims that they will appeal the guilty verdict, and it is possible that O'Neill will permit Cosby to remain under house arrest until the appeal is completely resolved. In the meantime, Cosby isn't allowed to leave his Pennsylvania home. If he does leave the state for another one of his homes, it would have to be arranged ahead of time, and he would be expected to wear a GPS monitoring device.
Camille Cosby has outspokenly defended her husband, Bill Cosby, after he was found guilty of sexual assault.
According to Fox News, in a lengthy statement, Camille Cosby called the case "mob justice, not real justice." She also claimed that it is a "tragedy" that must be undone. Her husband's accusers, she says, are all liars, including Andrea Costand, the accuser who was able to press charges and provide evidence in court.
According to Cosby's wife, the Pennsylvania Montgomery County Courthouse carried out the "worst injustices" against her husband, including permitting key witnesses that gave a "falsified account." On top of that, Constand's “recent testimony during the trial was perjured; as was shown at trial, it was unsupported by any evidence and riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”
“This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life. If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone,” she said.
In her statement, Camille Cosby accused the media of engaging in a "relentless demonization" of her husband, thereby labeling him guilty before looking at the evidence against him. It is the media's fault, she says, that her husband was deemed guilty.
“The overall media, with their frenzied, relentless demonization of him and unquestioning acceptance of accusers’ allegations without any attendant proof, have superseded the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which guarantee due process and equal protection, and thereby eliminated the possibility of a fair trial and unbiased jury. Bill Cosby was labeled as guilty because the media and accusers said so,” she said.
These comments come after a jury of seven men and five women returned guilty verdicts last week on a total of three accounts of aggravated indecent assault that took place in January 2004. The assault was against a former Temple University employee, who recalls that she lost consciousness after Cosby gave her three blue pills and a sip of wine.
Cosby's guilty verdict was the first criminal conviction of a high-profile since the rise of the #MeToo movement, which has forced numerous high profile and influential men to fall after being accused of abusing their power.
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