Bill Cosby : Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source

Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source


Bill Cosby hopes to cop a plea that will allow him to avoid any prison time for his alleged sex crimes, according to a source close to the disgraced comedian.

After a Pennsylvania judge ruled the shocking testimony in a 2005 civil lawsuit in which he admitted to giving women drugs before having sex with them admissible, Cosby plans to ask his attorneys to seek a plea deal to avoid a trial, the source said.
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/12/11/bill-cosby-seeking-plea-deal-to-avoid-sex-assault-trial-source-says.html



I haven't been keeping up with this on a daily basis, so I missed this bombshell decision from a week ago...........

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that damaging testimony Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit can be used at his criminal sex assault trial.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/12/05/judge-rules-damaging-cosby-testimony-can-used-against-him-trial/95011680/

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Re: Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source

i just hope the plea deal makes him tell the truth about what he did

Re: Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source

What people don't understand about plea deals is that they are nothing like civil court settlements. Plea deals are admissions of guilt, it means the person pleads that they are guilty 100% of the crimes they plead guilty to. Pleading guilty, unlike civil court settlements have severe consequences, it is a record of a felony that very often never gets erased.

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Plea deals are admissions of guilt, it means the person pleads that they are guilty 100% of the crimes they plead guilty to.


Not necessarily. A "No contest" plea (also called a "nolo contendere" plea) does not include an admission of guilt...........


In criminal trials in certain U.S. jurisdictions, it is a plea where the defendant neither admits nor disputes a charge, serving as an alternative to a pleading of guilty or not guilty.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolo_contendere


There's also an Alford plea...........

An Alford plea (also called a Kennedy plea in West Virginia, an Alford guilty plea, and the Alford doctrine) in United States law is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alford_plea

Amazing how much legalese you can pick up from watching all those years os Law & Order.

Re: Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source

If you take a plea deal, does that give you the option for how you plead? I'm almost thinking if someone takes such a deal, they can only do it according to what the terms were. I'm not sure a prosecutor would let Cosby take a deal with either a "no contest" or alford plea.

Re: Cosby Seeking Plea Deal for Sex Assault Charges According to Source

That's between the prosecutor and the defendant to negotiate the type of plea. In Cosby's case I would think the prosecutor's going to want an admission of guilt and (I really hope) a full allocution in open court.
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