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As Bill Cosby trial begins, an O.J. Simpson-like constellation of race, celebrity, power and gender converges

The moment came suddenly, surprisingly. After nearly a year of sitting silently in a courtroom — and more than two years after a parade of women accusing him of sexual assault had stepped forward — Bill Cosby spoke out in court about the criminal charges against him.

“The Drake,” he said of the hotel where he is alleged to have plied a woman with Champagne — then assaulted her after she passed out — “is in Chicago.”

The clarification, offered to correct a district attorney’s mistake during a pretrial hearing in December, rang out to surreal effect around the courtroom: What defendant helps a prosecutor identify the site of an alleged sexual assault?

One thing was clear: Cosby was not going to let others define his actions for him, even with an offhand misstatement of where an incident took place.

As Cosby’s sexual assault trial begins Monday in a suburban courtroom north of Philadelphia, the disgraced entertainer will try to seize the narrative, just as he did when he gave his first major interview about the case to Sirius XM host Michael Smerconish last month.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter at his Cheltenham, Pa., mansion with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach, in which he allegedly initiated sexual contact after giving her wine and a pill.

The outcome could determine whether the entertainer goes to prison for up to 10 years.

Full Read – http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cosby-trial-20170602-story.html

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Felony Sexual Assault is a forced sexual intercourse through physical and or psychological intimidation.

There are different types of sexual assault such as date sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, and spousal sexual assault. Date sexual assault is a forced sex act between two people whom know one another during a social engagement such as a date or going to dinner. Even though the two people know one another, if a sex act was coerced, it is considered sexual assault. Statutory sexual assault is a sex act between an adult and a minor under the legal age of 18. Even if the minor consents to the sex act, it is still considered statutory sexual assault, because of the age limit. Spousal sexual assault is a forced sex act between a husband and wife. If a husband or wife does not consent to a sex act, and the sex act is forced, it is considered sexual assault.

Sexual assault Conviction Punishments Sexual assault is a severe sex crime. If a person is convicted of sexual assault, he or she faces a variety of punishments such as:


  • Imprisonment for sexual assault
  • Court ordered rehabilitation for sexual assault
  • Monetary fines for sexual assault
  • Loss of the right to vote for sexual assault
  • Loss of the right to own a deadly weapon if convicted of sexual assault
  • Probation requirements for sexual assault convictions


Punishments can be superior if the offender committed statutory sexual assault, has prior criminal convictions, is on probation, or if there are aggravating circumstances.

People who are convicted of sexual assault must list their name on the Sex Offender Registry. According to Sex Offender Registration Act, sex offenders are categorized by risk of re-offense. The court decides if the convicted offender is (low risk), (moderate risk), or (high risk). The court also categorizes each convicted sex offender as a sexual predator, sexually violent offender, or predicate sex offender. If a persons name is on the Sex Offender Registry, they may have limited employment and housing options, as future landlords and employers look negatively upon sex crime convictions.


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Wise Laws affiliated sexual assault lawyers understand that if you have been charged with sexual assault, it is important that you seek the representation of a professional sex crimes attorney. An experienced sexual assault lawyer can investigate your case, interview key witnesses, challenge evidence presented against you, and defend your legal rights.

Wise Laws lawyers have represented various clients throughout during their sexual assault cases. Our attorneys know that early preparation and investigation can help identify the facts surrounding your case. With our expert legal knowledge, we can notify you of your options, negotiate charges with prosecutors, develop appropriate motions to suppress evidence, and build a strong defense on your behalf. At the offices of Wise Laws, we know how sensitive sexual assault charges can be for our clients and their families.

If you have been charged with sexual assault, contact Wise Laws immediately


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