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

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Before handing down the prison sentence, O'Neill also chose to designate Cosby a "sexually violent predator" under Pennsylvania law.

The comedian must also pay a fine of $20,000 as well as the prosecution's court costs. "The time has come", Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill said. More than 50 other women also have accused him of sexual abuse going back decades, with most too old to prosecute.

The proceedings took place as women and others across the United States protested against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct by two women.

Constand says she now lives alone with her two dogs, "stuck in a holding pattern" as a middle-aged woman because she has trouble trusting people.

The judge, on Tuesday, ruled on Cosby's sex-offender status after a defence psychologist, Timothy Foley, testified that the chances of the comedian committing another sex offense are "extraordinarily low" because he is old, legally blind and needs help getting around.

Cosby was convicted on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, and administrator at Temple University.

The disgraced Cosby Show star arrived at court on Tuesday morning with a smile on his face as he walked in alongside his legal team and handlers.

The Cosby Show star was facing 30 years in prison, however that sentence was unlikely to have been handed down after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merge the three counts of his sexual assault conviction into one when it came to sentencing, meaning he was looking at 10 years.

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The judge is expected to sentence Cosby later Tuesday.

Green also downplayed the outburst on Monday, saying that "Mr. Cosby's frustration got the better of him".

Cosby is now free on US$1-million bail until he's sentenced, which is expected to happen Tuesday.

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. HollywoodLife will keep you updated as more details about Cosby's sentencing become available.

In her victim statement, Andrea wrote, "Bill Cosby took my lovely, healthy young spirit and crushed it". What is unusual is that after being convicted of these serious sex crimes in April, the judge sent Cosby home under house arrest rather than directly to prison, something prosecutors requested but were ultimately denied. ". Now, nearly 15 years later, I'm a middle aged woman who's been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or move forward".

After testifying for several hours at two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, Constand spoke in court Monday for just two minutes.

He said: "He was good at hiding this for a long time". On Day 1 of the sentencing, the comic laughed at times as the psychologist for the state testified. He said the Montgomery County district attorney used falsified evidence against his client, pointing to an audio recording Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, took of a phone conversation with Cosby about the assault.

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