Saturday, November 27, 2021

Bill Cosby Says Being Classified a ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ Will Violate His Rights

*Bill Cosby is seeking to prevent a court from declaring him a sexually violent predator before he is sentenced for rape, saying it would infringe on his state constitutional right that protects one’s reputation.

Cosby’s defense team filed the motion in Pennsylvania Monday in response to a July request from the Montgomery County district attorney that a judge declare Cosby a sexually violent predator in advance of his Sept. 24 sentencing for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004.

However, Cosby’s attorneys argue that being designated a sexually violent predator “is by any measure excessive when applied to an 81-year-old blind man.” In addition to facing the rest of his life in prison, being declared a predator by the court would require the comedian to register with the Pennsylvania State Police, attend sex offender counseling for the rest of his life, and be subject to community notification if he’s ever released.

Cosby’s team also argued that the designation would severely interfere with his relationship with his children and grandchildren, an excessive outcome considering “no misconduct regarding children has ever been alleged.”

The jury for Cosby’s first rape trial last year was unable to reach a verdict, however, for his retrial, the jury of seven men and five women voted after about 14 hours of deliberation to convict on three counts of sexual assault.

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