Fallen TV icon Bill Cosby’s conviction this week on three counts of aggravated indecent assault carries a potential sentence of as much as 30 years in prison. But CNN reports that Cosby, 80, may not end up doing any time.
The report cites legal experts saying Cosby will certainly do less than the maximum, adding “there’s a very real possibility that he may not ever be incarcerated.”
The main reason is because Cosby’s legal team plans to appeal the verdict, “likely on the grounds that the decision to allow five other accusers to testify in the trial unfairly prejudiced the jury,” CNN reports, adding: “Cosby’s attorney, Tom Mesereau, will probably ask the court that his client be given home confinement during the appeal, which could take months or even years, CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson said.”
CNN adds: “The decision on Cosby’s bail is up to Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who oversaw the case. His prior rulings suggest he may allow Cosby to remain on home confinement.”
O’Neill dismissed an effort on Thursday by the prosecution to have Cosby’s $1 million bail revoked and remand him to jail, the report notes. The report quotes O’Neill telling prosecutors: “I’m not simply going to lock him up right now. … You are making a very big deal of something where there is a very high bail and he has appeared at every appearance.”
The report adds: “For now, Cosby is not permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home. If he does leave the state for another home, it would have to be arranged ahead of time and he would have to wear a GPS monitoring device, the judge ruled.”