Criminal Defense Attorney and Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP Partner J. Tooson recently shared his insight on Bill Cosby’s prison sentence with Fox News. Convicted in April on three counts of sexual assault, Mr. Cosby was sentenced last Tuesday, September 25 to serve between 3 to 10 years in a Pennsylvania state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
The sentence, which has become the center of debate online and in the media, is viewed by some as being too lenient, and by others as a potential life sentence for the 81-year-old former comedian, who has been publically accused of sexual assault and misconduct by upwards of 60 women.
As J. Tooson tells Fox News in an article which can be viewed here, the sentence appears sufficiently in-line with the underlying convictions and with what the prosecutor in the case was asking. Although the prosecutor had been pushing for 5 to 10 years, the 3 to 10 year sentence is not lenient, according to Attorney J. Tooson.
As he notes, it is important to understand that prosecutors and judges look not only at the conduct of a defendant when determining an appropriate sentence, but also a defendant’s history prior to the underlying offense. “Even though we’re not talking about prior convictions,” Attorney J. Tooson tells Fox News, “there are certainly prior accusations which would appear to be substantiated to a degree.”
Attorney J. Tooson is a nationally recognized trial attorney and negotiator who has been named among the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers organization. He frequently appears in the news not only in relation to high profile cases he and our firm’s legal team has handled, but also as a legal analysist and commentator whose insight is utilized by ABC’s Good Morning America, People magazine, and Fox News, among other local and national media outlets.