According to reports, Bill Cosby sat in a single cell alone last night, following his sentence of 3-10 years for sexual assault. Cosby is serving his time at SCI Phoenix, a prison approximately 20 miles from the building where a jury confirmed that he assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004 after giving her narcotics without consent.
The prison, costing $400 million, opened two months ago and holds around 3,830 inmates. The disgraced comic is allowed visits, phone calls, and the right to exercise.
Eventually, the prison intends to release Cosby to the public, however, his age, 81-years-old, makes that improbable. John Wetzel, the Corrections Secretary, said they’re taking all of the precautions to ensure his well-being.
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#BillCosby was sentenced on Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand. @whereisthebuzzz Judge Steven T. O’Neill rendered the decision Tuesday, the second day of the sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., saying, “I’m not permitted to treat him any differently based on who he is or who he was.” O’Neill also ruled that Cosby is a “sexually violent predator” and fined him $25,000.
Reportedly, Cosby’s family is intending to appeal his conviction on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, referred to Cosby as one “of the greatest civil rights leaders in the United States,” a description many would clearly take issue with.
According to Wyatt, the trail was arguably one of the most “sexist and racist” in the history of the nation. However, the judge, jury, and prosecutor, had a different opinion.
Justice Steven O’Neill, in his closing remarks, stated that no one “is above the law,” regardless of their celebrity status and infamy. Philanthropist or not, the law is the law, and Cosby broke it.
In 2016, Cosby’s legal team tried using a defense revolving around the comedian’s race and institutionalized racism but subsequently dropped that plan. Approximately 60 women have accused Bill of sexual misconduct, spanning across five decades, however, Constand’s was the only one to fall within the statute of limitations.
Following the beginning of the #MeToo movement, activists have questioned the statute of limitation laws regarding sex crimes, due to victims typically coming out about their abuse later in life, after they’ve come to grips with it.
In the future, balancing the rights of the victim with the rights of the accused will be a challenge, considering the difficulty of gathering evidence from decades-old crimes.