On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Sex Crimes on Friday, April 27, 2018.
Comedian Bill Cosby has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident where he was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee. The jury comprised of five men and seven women voted unanimously to convict.
The 80-year-old comedian was best known as “America’s Dad” for his role as Heathcliff Huxtable on the popular 1980’s sitcom, “The Cosby Show.” Before that, he developed a following through movie roles and standup comedy. In the early 2000’s he became a moral authority figure in the African-American community and even alienated many due to his views on millennials and how they apparently become complacent about social and economic progress.
Despite his popularity, Cosby apparently had a dark side as he was accused by more than 50 women of sexual assault over a three-decade span. Cosby was acquitted in a prior trial where a deadlocked jury could not vote to convict, but that was before the #MeToo movement became a national conversation in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. This led to the downfall of several high profile men in Hollywood and the news industry, including Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, to name a few.
Against this backdrop, many wondered whether a conviction was imminent.
Now the question turns to how will Cosby be sentenced. After all, he is 80 years old and is not necessarily a danger to others. Yet many believe that justice should be served regardless of the offender’s age. Regardless, the story exemplifies the need for an experienced criminal defense attorney when facing criminal charges or have been convicted of a crime.