Prosecutors Want Bill Cosby Declared a ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ as Sentencing Starts

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"I came to the conclusion that Mr Cosby does in fact meet the criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator", said Dudley, citing the nature of Cosby's relationship with Ms Constand, who was an employee at Temple University, where he was a benefactor.

The arguments capped off the first day of what is expected to be a two-day proceeding in Norristown.

On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby fits the criteria for a sexually violent predator, showing signs of a mental disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to have non-consensual sex with young women.

"I do think you can draw a line between the Cosby case and where we are now", she said. His expected ruling on Cosby's status will not impact the rest of the sentence. "Mr Cosby has shown no remorse and there has been no justice for numerous accusers who were barred from a court by the arbitrary time limits imposed by the statute of limitations".

Steele quoted Constand in her statement as saying that Cosby took "my attractive, healthy, young spirit and crushed it". However, it likely boiled down to the five other women who testified against Cosby during trial. Cosby claimed the encounter was consensual, and his lawyers branded her a "con artist" who framed the comedian to get a big payday - a $3.4 million settlement she received over a decade ago. His wife, Camille, did not attend, and his lawyers chose to call no character witnesses.

Milliken, also known the "Bubble Lady" for the bubble machine she totes around, is an ardent supporter of Cosby's accusers. He spoke of Cosby's childhood in North Philadelphia and a legendary career in which he sought to unite people of different races. Mr. Cosby heard me. "Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not unsafe". One of those outside the courthouse waiting for Cosby was a frequent protester Bird Milliken, who came with an effigy of Cosby in a shopping cart with a bright pink sign around the neck, reading, "America's First #MeToo Conviction", followed by the words.

His blindness would also lead to him receiving special treatment if he were to get locked up.

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During her brief statement, Constand reminded the judge of her testimony during both trials. "The jury heard me".

"We are the floodgates", said Victoria Valentino, who has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her.

'It is time for justice in a court of law, ' the judge said.

"He used that friendship, that relationship, that trust to take advantage of her using drugs and alcohol and when she was rendered unconscious or sedated".

Surrounded by her family, Constand addressed the court in a loud, clear voice for roughly a minute as Cosby, 81, sat nearby.

"The victims can not be un-raped. Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable". Wyatt said all three of the psychologists who testified against Cosby were "white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators". He said the state law itself was unconstitutional, with Pennsylvania and other states repeatedly rewriting their sex-offender reporting laws after courts found them vague and unfairly punitive.

Cosby has been on house arrest since in April. Meanwhile, Cosby's defence attorney Joseph Green said, "Incarceration would impose excessive hardship", adding: "What does an 81-year-old man do in prison?"

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