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Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of Sexual Assault, What Happens Next? |The Republican News

Jayme Deerwester and Maria Puente

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The jury in Bill Cosby’s retrial found him guilty of aggravated assault Thursday after about 12 hours of deliberation.

His conviction on all three counts means they determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that the comedian molested Temple University staffer Andrea Constand during a visit to his Philadelphia-area home in 2004, despite the fact that she could not consent because the pills he gave her rendered her unconscious.

But now that the verdict is in, what happens next? Here’s what we know.

Cosby is not going to jail — at least not yet.

Judge Steven O’Neill allowed the comedian, who had already posted a $1 million bond, to remain free on bail until his sentencing but said he must remain in Pennsylvania until then. A sentencing date has not been announced.

“It’s supposed to happen within 90 days (of conviction) but if all the parties agree it happens after that, it’s fine,” says Brian Zeiger, a defence lawyer who tries cases in Montgomery County, Pa., and the neighbouring Philadelphia and Bucks counties.

Michael Donio, a retired New Jersey superior court judge, says the next legal battle will be at sentencing. If Cosby is sentenced to prison, he’d go directly behind bars. However, Donio expects his lawyers to argue he should be out on bond during the appeal. Such a request, he said, is usually not granted.

Bill Cosby wearing a suit and tie: On April 26, TV legend Bill Cosby was found guilty and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45. The victim claimed that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in January 2004. After a retrial and several accusers coming forward, the nail in the coffin finally dropped. The comedian is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count and the possibility of fines up to $25,000 for each count. Keep reading to see how celebrities are reacting to the shocking news...Bill Cosby found guilty: See how Hollywood reacts!How much time might he serve?

Cosby, who is 80, blind and in declining health, was convicted on three counts, each carrying up to 10 years in prison, so any jail time could be a death sentence.

According to state law, O’Neill can sentence Cosby to either a consecutive prison term (i.e., back-to-back terms) or concurrent ones, meaning he would serve them all at the same time, with the longest term determining the duration of his prison stay.

“I would think that it would be a concurrent situation,” says Zeiger, who has tried numerous sex-offence cases. In his experience, whether a defendant gets concurrent sentencing “depends on the judge and the number of victims. In this case, they only proceeded with one. But I think they would also consider his age.”

Fellow Philadelphia-area defence attorney Steven Fairlie says Cosby is likely to get a concurrent sentence because the charges all stem from the same crime.

a close up of Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson, 63, is testifying against him at his sex-assault retrial on April 12, 2018 in Norristown, Pa.© Mark Makela, Getty Images Bill Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson, 63, is testifying against him at his sex-assault retrial on April 12, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

But Fairlie also points out that possible victim testimony at the sentencing hearing and Cosby’s outburst following the guilty verdict — Cosby stood up and shouted vulgarities at Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele — could lead the judge to consider a harsher sentence of up to 10 years.

“Hurling insults at the district attorney is not going to help his case,” he says.

The length of Cosby’s sentence will determine where he serves time.

Zeiger says that if Cosby’s sentence is less than one or two years, he’ll likely serve it at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pa., or through house arrest. He discounts the possibility of work release, citing Cosby’s age.

Gloria Allred et al. posing for the camera: Cosby accuser Judy Huth and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, right, in Los Angeles in December 2014.© Anthony McCartney, AP Cosby accuser Judy Huth and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, right, in Los Angeles in December 2014.

“If it’s one to two years or more, he would go into the state system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” he says, “and then the trial court would lose jurisdiction over his custody.”

Donio says Cosby’s lawyers will likely argue a prison will be unable to take care of Cosby, who has said he is completely blind. If they can successfully argue this position, and a jail assessment agrees, Cosby could get house arrest or probation.

The defence team is vowing to appeal his conviction.

As he left the courthouse Thursday, lead defence attorney Tom Mesereau vowed, “The fight is not over,” indicating his intent to appeal. However, an appeal cannot proceed until Cosby is sentenced.

“After the day of sentencing, you have 10 days to file a motion for reconsideration for certain things, like there wasn’t enough evidence to convict or something is wrong with the sentencing,” Zeiger explains. “The 10-day motion stops the clock on everything. … It’s there intentionally for certain things that allow a trial court to correct simple mistakes.”

a woman standing in front of a window: Cosby accuser Chloe Goins in January 2015 in Los Angeles.       © Nick Ut, AP Cosby accuser Chloe Goins in January 2015 in Los Angeles.

Next, he says, the judge would have the power to correct the mistake pointed out in the 10-day motion and remedy it. “It could be a new trial; it could be new sentencing. If the 10-day motion is denied, the case moves to a higher court and the judge then just has to write an opinion explaining why he ruled a certain way and then the superior court has jurisdiction at that point.”

He adds that if the issues the defence plans to raise on appeal don’t fit the parameters of a 10-day motion, they can immediately file a notice of appeal within 30 days of sentencing. “But if you don’t put (the tiny mistakes) in the 10-day motion, you can’t appeal them at a later date.”

The civil cases against him will proceed.

“What’s next?” attorney Lisa Bloom tweeted after the guilty verdict came in. “My defamation case on behalf of Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby, which we’ve been fighting and winning for three-plus years, goes on.”

She added, ” Mr Cosby, I’m looking forward to taking your deposition.”

Dickinson’s California suit asserts that Cosby and lawyer Martin Singer defamed her by calling her a “liar” after she publicly accused Cosby of raping her in 2014, following several other women who had already stepped forward to say they had been assaulted by the entertainer. Cosby is appealing a ruling allowing Dickinson’s case to proceed.

Three other civil cases wait in the wings, each having been put on hold until Cosby’s criminal case is resolved.

All of those other allegations were too old to pursue in criminal court under statutes of limitation. Consequently, some of Cosby’s accusers have filed lawsuits in civil courts seeking to go after Cosby. Here’s an update on the other cases:

Judy Huth

In Los Angeles, Cosby is being sued by Judy Huth, who is repped by Bloom’s mother, power lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of other Cosby accusers, including three who were allowed to testify at the retrial.

In her suit, Huth accuses the comedian of sexual battery: She says he forced her to perform a sex act on him in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15. In June 2017, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Karlan tentatively scheduled a trial on Huth’s lawsuit for July 30, 2018.

In December, Cosby gave a deposition in the case, which was then sealed by a judge who ruled Cosby can be deposed again once the criminal case is concluded.

Chloe Goins

Former model Chloe Goins is suing the comedian for sexual battery and other claims, also in California. Goins says Cosby drugged and sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Prosecutors declined to file a criminal case against Cosby stemming from Goins’ allegations, saying investigators could not corroborate them. Last summer, a judge denied Cosby’s motion to dismiss and scheduled a trial for June 2018. Florida lawyer Spencer Kuvin represents Goins.

Bill Cosby wearing a suit and tie: On April 26, TV legend Bill Cosby was found guilty and charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one woman, Andrea Constand, 45. The victim claimed that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home in January 2004. After a retrial and several accusers coming forward, the nail in the coffin finally dropped. The comedian is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count and the possibility of fines up to $25,000 for each count. Keep reading to see how celebrities are reacting to the shocking news...

The Massachusetts defamation case

Seven women sued Cosby for defamation in one lawsuit pending in Massachusetts, where Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls. They say he sexually abused them decades ago and then defamed them after they went public by having his agents deny the claims and brand them, liars.

Repped by lawyer Joseph Cammarata, the suit started with one accuser, Tamara Green, and grew to include six other women: Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.

But Judge Mark Mastroianni granted Cosby’s motion to dismiss five of the counts relating to accuser Angela Leslie because the plaintiffs conceded the allegedly defamatory statements at issue were not about her. Cosby tweeted about the development on June 30, calling it another example of his success in getting claims against him dismissed.

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Bill Clinton Facing Four Sexual Assault Lawsuits For Fresh Allegations |RN

By Rozina Sabur
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42nd President of the United Sates, Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is reportedly facing fresh allegations of sexual assault by four women, according to sources within the Democratic party.

The women claim Mr Clinton assaulted them while they were in their late teens and working for playboy billionaire investor Ron Burkle.

Mr Clinton helped the billionaire generate business and reportedly flew around the world with a flock of beautiful young women on Mr Burkle’s private jet.

It is not clear exactly when the assaults are alleged to have taken place but they date from after Mr Clinton left the White House in 2001, according to sources within the Democratic Party.

The women have not been named but are reportedly preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him.

There is no suggestion Mr Burkle was aware of any impropriety.

The 71-year-old has faced a number of allegations of sexual misconduct in the past, including his infamous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky while in office.

Mr Clinton also paid $850,000 to former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones to settle a sexual harassment claim against him.

The settlement led to the House of Representatives beginning impeachment proceedings against the 42nd president. He was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1999 Juanita Broaddrick, a nursing home administrator, claimed Mr Clinton had raped her while a former White House aide Kathleen Willey claimed he sexually assaulted her during his first term in office.

Mr Clinton has always denied both allegations.

The four women currently taking action are hoping to secure substantial payouts in return for their silence, according to an official who served in Mr Clinton’s administration.

However if their attempt at a payout fails they are said to be ready to go public with their allegations.

Mr Clinton has always denied both allegations.

The four women  have not been named but are coordinating their legal efforts in a bid to secure substantial payouts in return for their silence, according to an official who served in Mr Clinton administration.

The four women currently taking action against Mr Clinton have not been named but are reportedly preparing to file four separate lawsuits against him.

A member of Mr Clinton’s legal team has confirmed the existence of the new allegations, telling the Mail Online: “Obviously, I’m aware of [the allegations] but can’t talk about them”.

However Mr Clinton’s lawyer did not responded to the Telegraph’s request for comment.

“Bill is distraught at the thought of having to testify and defend himself against sex charges again,” a Democratic Party official told the Mail Online.

“He hopes his legal team can somehow stop the women from filing charges and drag him through the mud”.    (The Telegraph)

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Former GOP State Senate Candidate Accuses George H.W. Bush Of Groping Her

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A former Republican candidate for Maine’s state Senate accused former President George H.W. Bush of groping her on Friday, becoming the fourth woman to come forward to accuse the former president of sexual harassment.

Amanda Staples visited the former president at his family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, during her campaign in 2006.

Staples said Bush grabbed her from behind during a photo op, and said, “Oh I’m not THAT President.”

The episode is similar to stories shared by three other women accusing the former president of sexual harassment.

Actress Heather Lind was the first to come forward, accusing Bush of touching her inappropriately from behind during a photo op.

New York actress Jordana Grolnick then shared her experience, followed by author Christina Baker Kline. Both women also said Bush touched them from behind during a photo.

Staples said she “couldn’t help but share” her experience in wake of the three other women coming forward, according to The New York Post.

Bush’s office released a statement in light of the allegations on Wednesday apologizing for the former president’s actions.

“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” the statement read.

“To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke — and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate,” the statement from Bush spokesman Jim McGrath continued.

“To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely,” he said.           (The Hill)

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67-year-old Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault Of Minor In Lagos |RN

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A sexagenarian, Francis Olamide, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, charged with sexual assault of an 8- year-old girl.

Olamide, 67, a retiree who resides at 33, Morebise St., Ayobo, Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Insp. Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 23 at his residence.

Ogu said that the man called his neighbour’s daughter into his room on the pretext of sending her on an errand.

He said the retiree put his finger into her private part and told her not to tell anyone, adding that the act resulted in the girl bleeding from her private.

The prosecutor said that when the minor could not bear the pain anymore she told her mother and the accused was consequently arrested.

He said that the offence contravened Section 135(1) (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrates, Mrs. Taiwo Akanni, admitted the accused to bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Akanni adjourned the case until Nov. 22 for mention.

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67-year-old Ekiti Woman Recounts Ordeal In Hands Of Kidnappers |The Republican News

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…As another woman accuses lawmaker of sexual harassment

” I didn’t do it”-accused lawmaker

From: WOLE BALOGUN,  Ado-Ekiti

It was a harvest of ordeals for two Ekiti women, on Tuesday, as a 67-year-old kidnap victim, Mrs Florence Popoola, recounted her ordeal in the den of the kidnappers when five of the suspected kidnappers were paraded by the police in the state, on Tuesday after their arrest.

Also, Mrs Mercy Ilesanmi accused a lawmaker in the state, Dare Pelemo, of sexually harassing her. But the lawmaker has denied her claims, describing as frivolous and false.

Meanwhile, the police in Ekiti paraded suspects who had abducted Mrs Popoola on September 14.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Abdulahi Chafe, said about the kidnap: “invaded the residence of Mr Popoola at Arafomi Quarters and forcefully kidnapped his wife (Florence).”

The police commissioner, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti Command, at the parade of the suspects, said further: “the hoodlums whisked the woman away in the Nissan Sunny car.”

The five suspects namely: Sunday Adeoye, 30; Dare Adesi, 26; Seun Ogunlayi, 25; Damilola Bamigboye 27 and Tope Ojo, 32, Chafe said, had confessed to the crime and added that a cash sum of “N323,000 being part of the ransom collected by the suspects from the victim’s family were recovered.”

Recounting her four-day ordeal in the hands of the kidnappers, Mrs Popoola said: “I was made to walk long distances even with my ailing leg, as they moved with me from one location to another for the four days. The puffed cigarette smoke in my face, choking me in the process while I had to beg them for water. I was fed stale rice meal, which upset my stomach and upon my throwing-up, they threatened that I’d have to eat my vomit to survive if my children didn’t meet their N1.5million ransom demand,” she recounted.

Mrs Ilesanmi alleged in a petition to the Ekiti State chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) that Pelemo fondled her breasts in an incident when she visited the House of Assembly, on September 6, 2017.

But Pelemo denied the allegation, saying “it is not true that she was harassed and I didn’t touch her when she came to the Assembly.”

Pelemo claimed that Mrs Ilesanmi was in the Assembly without proper security clearance “and I had to step in as the one in charge of the Assembly security, so I’m surprised that she is now accusing me of sexually harassing her.”

Ekiti FIDA, in reaction to the petition by the woman, demanded immediate arrest and prosecution of a member of the lawmaker.

Legal officer of Ekiti FIDA, Mrs Kemi Atitebi, said on Tuesday that the body had received a complaint of sexual harassment and assault of Mrs Ilesanmi against Pelemo, but alleged that the lawmaker did not honour the invitation to come to FIDA to defend himself against the allegation.

Atitebi said: “FIDA Ekiti received the complaint of sexual harassment and assault against Hon. Dare Pelemo and the complainant is Mrs Mercy

Ilesanmi, that she was assaulted and stripped naked right the premises of the Assembly complex.

“FIDA wrote a letter to invite the respondent for us to hear his own side of the story and to mediate in the matter. The woman is a widow and her dignity has been violated for the fact that she was stripped naked. FIDA strongly condemns any form of assault against women in the state.”

Mrs Ilesanmi in her claim, said: “I came to visit the member representing my constituency, Hon. Samuel Omotoso but I didn’t meet him. On my way out, I met Hon Pelemo and we exchanged pleasantries. Immediately, he fondled my breasts and I asked him what was the meaning of that, that I am a married woman for that matter and I don’t like how he touched my breast.

“He now said that I am an enemy of government, that I was not supposed to come to the Assembly. I now asked him if that was the reason why he was touching my breasts, a married woman for that matter? I challenged him and said that Pelemo, that one is too much for you.

“I went to report the matter to the Majority Leader, Hon. Tunji Akinyele and I met the Clerk in Hon. Akinyele’s office with two other visitors with him. He was on the phone but I waited.

“Before long, Pelemo had come in with some miscreants and they started beating me, destroying things in that office. They were asking what I was doing  in the House of Assembly complex; that I was not supposed to be there as an enemy of the government.”

But Pelemo said she had visited the Assembly and had allegedly bypassed the routine registration of visitors and not taken a tag, an action to which his attention was drawn.

He alleged that she was a politician in a camp opposed to the state government and a woman who said she was in control of the House of Assembly.   (The Sun)

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