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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
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  • 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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Any charge of criminal sexual conduct carries a inimitable stigma in our society and great country of America, not a good one. Not only are the consequences of a conviction very severe, but also you may feel helpless to defend yourself when a felony sex crimes case amounts as many do to an alleged victim’s word against yours. If you have been falsely accused of sexual assault or any sex crime, you may be concerned that the accusation alone will destroy your reputation.

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At Wise Laws, we will not make judgment on you based on what anyone else claims, as our goal is to provide the best possible representation for your sex crimes defense.

We are able to represent you when you face sex offense charges such as:

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    We personally investigate every sex crimes case we handle and emphasize preparation for trial, while also aggressively pursuing negotiations for reduced charges or alternative sentencing for your sex crimes case. Our attorneys are prepared to go beyond trial to appeal an unjust decision to a higher court in defense of your rights. In any case of criminal sexual conduct from Angie rape to assault in America, proper investigation and preparation may include:

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    Bill Cosby Indecent Assault Charge Will Not Be Dismissed, D.A. Will Not Be Disqualified


    Feb 3, 2016, 6:00 PM ET

    The aggravated indecent assault charge against Bill Cosby will not be dismissed, despite his legal team’s efforts to get the case tossed out, and the prosecutor will be allowed to stay on the case.

    On Wednesday, a judge shot down the comedian’s motions in the case.

    “We will appeal,” Cosby’s lawyer, Monique Pressley told ABC News in the wake of the decision.

    Cosby, 78, was charged last December by Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele. A few weeks later, Cosby’s attorneys filed to have the charge dismissed, claiming that Steele brought it “illegally, improperly and unethically.” They also asked that the D.A. be removed from the case.

    Yesterday, Bruce Castor, a former Montgomery County District Attorney, told the judge why he never charged the comedian when the alleged incident happened more than a decade ago.

    There was never a formal document between the two men in writing, Castor explained, and he decided against drafting a document because he had no plans of prosecuting Cosby.

    Castor also said accuser Andrea Constand’s “actions … created a credibility issue for her that could never be improved upon” and that statements from other alleged victims were “very old.”

    Castor did say he believed Constand was telling the truth but argued that she had waited too long to come forward. Castor also said Constand contacted a civil lawyer in Philadelphia, weakening the prosecution’s case.

    Today, attorney Jack Schmitt, who has been a legal adviser to Cosby since 1983, testified that he would never have let the comedian give his 2005 deposition in the Constand civil suit if he thought there was a chance Cosby would one day be prosecuted, according to the Associated Press.

    Constand, a former Temple University employee, claimed the comedian invited her to his Pennsylvania home in 2004 and made two sexual advances despite her rebuffs. She also claimed Cosby gave her pills and wine, which made her unresponsive and unable to move. At that point, she claims Cosby sexually assaulted her.

    Cosby gave the deposition in 2005, which was just released last year to the public after U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno unsealed it. In the deposition, Cosby admitted that he gave Quaaludes to one woman in the past.

    Schmitt was the second witness the Cosby legal team has called on in the past two days in an effort to get Judge Steven T. O’Neill to throw out the aggravated indecent assault charge.

    Constand’s lawyer Dolores Troiani has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

    In addition to the deposition released from the Constand civil suit last year, the charge also came after a barrage of women accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, dating back to the 1960s. Cosby fired back in early December, filing a countersuit for defamation against seven women who previously accused him of sexual misconduct.

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    CNN to Show Sex Assault Film Despite Legal Threat

    LOS ANGELES — In the face of threatened legal action from the football star Jameis Winston, CNN did not back away from broadcasting “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assault on college campuses that has stirred controversy since its January debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

    “CNN is proud to provide a platform for a film that has undeniably played a significant role in advancing the national conversation about sexual assault on college campuses,” the network said in a statement. The film was shown on the network at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday.

    Mr. Winston, a quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the focus of a segment in “The Hunting Ground.” While attending Florida State University in 2012, Mr. Winston was accused of sexual assault. He asserted his innocence, did not face criminal rape charges and was cleared of violating Florida State’s student code of conduct. The movie, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, asserts that Mr. Winston received preferential treatment from officials.

    Full Article – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/23/business/cnn-to-show-sex-assault-film-despite-legal-threat.html?_r=0