Judge Steven O’Neill also ruled Cosby as a “sexually violent predator.” The classification means that Cosby must undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. His name will appear on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims.
Cosby’s lawyers had fought the “sexually violent predator” designation, arguing that Pennsylvania’s sex-offender law is unconstitutional and that he is no threat to the public at his age. But O’Neill said prosecutors had met their burden of proof by “clear and convincing” evidence.
Cosby was found guilty in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Jurors convicted Cosby of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand without consent, while she was impaired and after incapacitating her.
Each count carried a sentence up to 10 years in prison. State guidelines suggested a one to four-year sentence. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele asked the judge to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison.
More than 60 other women accused Cosby of sexual misconduct during his 50-year show business career. O’Neill allowed five of them to testify at trial, while others came to watch the court proceedings. Steele wanted some of them to speak at the sentencing, but O’Neill ruled out the testimony of most of the other accusers, other than the five trial witnesses.
Days before the sentencing, Cosby’s lawyers wanted O’Neill to step down from the case because of what Cosby’s team called a long-ago grudge with a pretrial witness. Last week, Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, filed a state ethics complaint this week accusing O’Neill of bias against her husband because of what she called his feud with a former prosecutor who testified in an early 2016 pretrial hearing. O’Neill had competed against the witness, Bruce Castor, for a political post years ago.
Bill Cosby had been on house arrest since the verdict.
Constand said in a statement submitted to the court and released Tuesday that she has had to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt that have left her “stuck in a holding pattern.”
Constand, 45, said her training as a professional basketball player had led her to think she could handle anything, but “life as I knew it” ended on the night that Cosby knocked her out with pills and violated her.
Constand said she now lives alone with her two dogs and has trouble trusting people.
“When the sexual assault happened, I was a young woman brimming with confidence and looking forward to a future bright with possibilities,” she wrote in her five-page statement.
“Now, almost 15 years later, I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.”
She also wrote: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”
Tuesday’s sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making.
“The victims cannot be un-raped. Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable,” said Gianna Constand, the victim’s mother, who testified Monday that her daughter’s buoyant personality was forever changed after the attack.
The hearing concluded Tuesday after testimony from a defense psychologist who says Cosby is no longer a danger, given his age, and should not be branded a “sexually violent predator.” On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby fits the criteria for a sexually violent predator, showing signs of a mental disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to have nonconsensual sex with young women.
Steele said Cosby would no doubt commit similar crimes if given the chance, warning that the former TV star seemingly gets a sexual thrill out of slipping women drugs and assaulting them.
“To say that he’s too old to do that — to say that he should get a pass, because it’s taken this long to catch up to what he’s done?” Steele said, his voice rising. “What they’re asking for is a ‘get out of jail free’ card.”
Cosby, he said, has shown repeatedly that he feels no remorse over his actions. And he said the sentence should send a message.
“Despite bullying tactics, despite PR teams and other folks trying to change the optics, as one lawyer for the defense put it, the bottom line is that nobody’s above the law. Nobody,” the district attorney said.
Cosby’s side didn’t call any character witnesses, and his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.
Cosby became the first black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.
The proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.
Just a few days remain in the 2018 MLB season, and the American League playoff field is now locked in.
With the Oakland Athletics’ 7-3 win over the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees, the five-team field was officially set. The A’s partied hard, having clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 2014, while attention now turns to the likely playoff matchups set to start next week.
The Houston Astros are 4.5 games up on the A’s in the American League West, so, barring a massive collapse, the ‘Stros look to be locked in to the two-seed hosting the Central Division champion Cleveland Indians. The Astros hold a 4-3 advantage in the season series between the two teams, taking two of three at home and splitting four games in Cleveland.
In the other half of the bracket, the Boston Red Sox, fresh off winning their franchise-record 106th game this season await the winner of the Wild Card play-in game. That game will feature the aforementioned A’s facing off with the New York Yankees, though the location is yet to be determined. The Yankees currently lead the A’s by 1.5 games in the race for the top Wild Card spot and, therefore, the race for home-field advantage in the game. The Yanks would likely prefer to have the game in their home park, as they took two out of three from the A’s earlier this season at home, whereas they lost two of three out by the bay.
For the Red Sox, they get to comfortably watch and see which team will come to Fenway, and they do so with the league’s leading candidate for the MVP award. Outfielder Mookie Betts has had a truly special season, leading the league in batting average entering Tuesday night’s games at .343 and posting 10.7 WAR by Baseball Reference’s system. Betts’ teammate, J.D. Martinez made a solid push, but Betts’ fielding sets him apart, as he rates first among outfielders in Fangraphs’ UZR rating at 14.8.
While the A.L. is set, both playoff and likely awards-wise (Blake Snell would appear to be the Cy Young leader), the N.L. is much more unsettled. For more, check out the video above.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (CBS Local) — A teacher in Florida says she was fired for refusing to give students grades on homework that wasn’t turned in.
Diana Tirado got a job at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie in August teaching history to eighth grade students. She says she assigned an “explorer notebook project” to her students and gave them two weeks to complete it. However, several of her students didn’t turn in the assignment.
When she asked administrators what to do, she says she learned of the school’s “no zeros” policy, as reflected in the school’s student and parent handbook, in which the lowest grade allowed to be given to students is a 50 percent.
But Tirado said she refused to give students half-credit for doing nothing.
Tirado was terminated on Sept. 14. No cause was mentioned in a letter from the principal because she was still in her probationary period.
“There is no District or individual school policy prohibiting teachers from recording a grade of zero for work not turned in,” said Kerry Padrick, chief information officer for St. Lucie Public Schools.
Despite the statement, the Florida teacher claims she was advised to never give out a zero. On her last day, Tirado wrote a message to her students on her white board before she left.
She wrote: “Bye, kids. Mrs. Tirado loves you and wishes you the best in life! I have been fired for refusing to give you a 50 percent for not handing anything in.”
Tirado sent out a picture of it through a class app and several students responded in support.
“You were right about not giving people 50s because why would you give them half credit for doing nothing?” wrote one student.
Tirado also shared it on Facebook. It’s now been shared more than 500 times.
CBS’ brand new drama, FBI, premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET/PT. From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” franchise, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe.
Born into a multigenerational law enforcement family, Special Agent Maggie Bell commits deeply to the people she works with as well as those she protects. Her partner is Special Agent Omar Adom ‘OA’ Zidan, a West Point graduate via Bushwick who spent two years undercover for the DEA before being cherry-picked by the FBI. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge, Dana Mosier, who operates under intense pressure 24/7/365 and has undeniable command authority. The team also includes Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, the nerve center of the office whose ability to easily relate to and engage with both superiors and subordinates makes him a master motivator. Kristen Chazal is the team’s most valued resource, a brilliant analyst recruited straight out of university who can piece together the big picture faster than anyone. These first-class agents tenaciously investigate cases of tremendous magnitude, including terrorism, organized crime and counterintelligence.
Check out the video above for an introduction to the series from Missy Peregrym, Ebonée Noel, Zeeko Zaki and Executive Producer Dick Wolf and be sure to tune in tonight at 9:00 PM ET/PT, only on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.
CHICAGO (CBS)–A victim of a pedophile priest imprisoned for allegedly molesting at least 25 boys has reached a settlement with the Archdiocese of Chicago for $2.95 million.
One of Chicago’s most notorious figures in the Roman Catholic priest sexual abuse scandal, former Chicago priest Daniel McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting five underage boys while he served as a priest in Chicago.
7-2-07 Rev. Daniel McCormack stands in a security line at 26th & Calif. to plead guilty to charges involving sexual abuse of five boys. Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
He was removed from the clergy following his conviction and has since been accused of abusing more than 20 boys during his time at St. Agatha Parish in North Lawndale. McCormack is alleged to have used his position as a priest, teacher and basketball coach to abuse boys in his care.
Judge Dennis Porter ruled in July that McCormack, 49, must remain in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
McCormack is being held in downstate Rushville, Ill., where he will be re-evaluated annually unless the court determines he is no longer sexually violent.
The victim who reached the settlement Monday is in his late 20’s, according to his attorney Eugene Hollander.
McCormack finished a five-year prison sentence for molesting five boys while serving as a priest before a Cook County judge in September 2017 ruled that the convicted child molester is a sexually violent person, setting McCormack up for a long-term stay at a state facility for sex offenders.
The victim who reached the settlement claims that he was sexually assaulted twice during elementary school by Father McCormack while he was a student.
Hollander said his client claims to have repressed the memories of abuse during his childhood until he began remembering them a number of years ago. The victim filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2013.
“Father Dan McCormack’s predatory behavior never left his mind,” Hollander said in a statement following the announcement of the settlement.
Hollander said that for the victim, “growing up in the shadow of St. Agatha’s was a complete horror.”
He continued that, “while it has been a long and difficult time, my client wanted to send a message to other victims of sexual abuse – that you should not suffer in silence.”
(CBS Local) — The Earth is wobbling, and yes, humans are partially responsible.
Scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California say the Earth’s axis of spin has shifted about 34 feet in the last century.
They cite three major causes, all roughly of equal importance.
The first one is melting ice and rising sea levels, particularly in Greenland. As humans release greenhouse gases, ice on land continues to melt at unprecedented rates. Additionally, the transfer of weight from places like Greenland to across the globe is causing Earth to wobble more than it would have otherwise.
Another third of the wobble is due to glacial rebound or isostatic rebound, when land masses expand upward as the glaciers retreat and lighten their load. Scientists previously thought was this was the primary contributor to Earth’s wobble.
The final factor is mantle convection,the slow churn of material inside the Earth’s mantle, which is the gooey middle layer of the planet.
Luckily, Earth’s wobble is not large enough to impact our daily life. But, it does give scientists a better understanding of how much humans are changing the fundamental nature of Earth and how it operates.
Three weeks into the NFL season, and fantasy football rosters everywhere have been upended by injuries, a holdout and general inconsistency. What’s new? From the growing list of injured tight ends, to the holdout of Le’Veon Bell, to the recent injury that ended Jimmy Garoppolo’s season, these first three games have revealed once again how unpredictable the NFL can be.
We may not know what will happen next week, but we do know which unheralded players should be snagged off waivers this week. Here are the top fantasy waiver wire adds heading into NFL Week 4.
Calvin Ridley (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Ridley has burst onto the scene over the last two weeks, racking up 11 catches for four touchdowns, including three in Atlanta’s overtime loss to the Saints in Week 3. A 6-foot-1 receiver with speed (he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine), Ridley has started to display the skills that made him a first-round pick. While he will still have to compete with Mohamed Sanu for targets, it shouldn’t be long before he solidifies his spot in the starting lineup opposite Julio Jones, a role that should allow the rookie to take advantage of plenty of single-coverage matchups.
QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
All aboard the Baker Hype Train! When Mayfield entered the Browns’ Week 3 game against the Jets near the end of the second quarter, you could immediately feel a sense of excitement around Cleveland. And that was before Mayfield completed almost 75 percent of his passes for 201 yards, leading the Browns to their first win in 635 days. As a rookie quarterback, the number-one pick overall will likely hit many bumps in the road this season. But if last Thursday was any indication, Mayfield could easily end up being a very solid fantasy QB, and soon.
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WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Over the last two weeks, Boyd has been absolutely on fire. The third-year receiver has been targeted 16 times over that span, hauling in 12 of the passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. While John Ross may have received all of the preseason attention, it’s Boyd who has emerged as the number-two option in the Bengals passing game behind A.J. Green. With how potent the Cincinnati offense has looked through three games (we’ll get to Andy Dalton in a little bit), Boyd appears ready for a breakout campaign.
WR John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
It amazes me that Brown is still available on the waiver wire in so many fantasy leagues. I picked him up after Week 1, but if he is somehow still a free agent, grab him quickly. After catching touchdown passes in each of the first two games, Brown brought in five of nine targets for 86 yards against the Broncos. The 28-year-old receiver is now averaging 18.5 yards per catch on 12 receptions, finally giving Joe Flacco a legitimate deep ball threat to target in the Ravens offense. Brown should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
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QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
If A.J. Green is unable to suit up for this one, then Dalton should not be in your lineup. But assuming Green is good to go, fire up the Red Rifle. After two strong performances to open the season, Dalton fell back down to earth a bit in Week 3, tossing four interceptions against the Panthers. However, Dalton has thrown for 860 yards on the season, and has at least two touchdown passes in each contest. The Bengals take on a Falcons defense this week that has allowed two consecutive 300-yard passers after losing several key defenders to injury. As long as Dalton has all of his pass-catching options, Dalton makes a great streaming option in Week 4.
WR Ryan Grant, Indianapolis Colts
The concerns in Indianapolis over Andrew Luck’s arm strength are real. The quarterback doesn’t seem able to throw the ball that far down the field with any level of confidence. While that could spell trouble for the Colts, it bodes well for Grant’s outlook. Since he’s still recovering from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss all of the 2017 season, Luck has been relying on short passes through the first three weeks, which plays more to Grant’s strengths than T.Y. Hilton’s. His target share is a bit too low to trust right now, but Grant is worth stashing on your bench.
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RB Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
Despite head coach Hue Jackson saying the Browns needed to get him the ball more often, Duke Johnson touched the rock just four times against the Jets last week. He hasn’t touched the ball more than six times in a game yet this season, but that could all change now that Mayfield is under center. Johnson is another speculative add for now, as he has to play in more than just 38 percent of Cleveland’s offensive snaps like he did against New York to provide any fantasy value. I’m giving Johnson a little more time to prove he still has some flex PPR value.
QB Case Keenum, Denver Broncos
Keenum has been a huge disappointment thus far, throwing for 743 yards, three touchdowns, and five interceptions with a 61.1 completion percentage and just a 6.88 yards per pass attempt average. I know those numbers are far from start-worthy. We learned last year that Keenum is more than capable of leading an offense and, despite his slow start, I still believe he can lead this talented Broncos offense. The veteran QB gets an appetizing matchup against the Chiefs on Monday night in Week 4. Kansas City’s awful defense, along with the national spotlight, could be the right recipe for getting Keenum and Denver back on track.
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RB Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
This one is simple. Through the first three games of the season, John Harbaugh has made it abundantly clear that Allen is the back he trusts deep into enemy territory. Despite Alex Collins topping the depth chart, Allen has received the short-yardage touchdown runs in each of the Ravens’ first three games. Collins will continue to lead the team in rushing, but his history of fumbling has seemingly lost him the goal-line duties. Allen also serves as the team’s pass-catching back, and thus should provide solid flex value in PPR leagues throughout the season.
Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum. Follow him on Twitter.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs superstar Kris Bryant met his biggest fan yesterday at Wrigley Field, a 12-year-old girl who traveled all the way from New Mexico to see him.
Faith Kuhn was born with spina bifida, and has undergone 15 surgeries. She’s a big baseball fan, and her family is friends with Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman, but Bryant is her favorite player.
Bregman posted a video on Instagram earlier this year, telling Byrant that Faith wanted to meet him. After Bryant saw the post, Bregman helped arrange for Faith to visit Wrigley Field.
Faith got a tour of the stadium, and watched batting practice with Bryant ahead of Monday’s game against the Pirates. She even got to chat with Bregman on Facetime while she was on the field.
CBS (CHICAGO)–The founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are hoping to “take back Congress” with new flavors to support seven progressive congressional candidates ahead of the midterm elections.
The Vermont-based ice cream giant’s co-founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, have teamed up with social justice group MoveOn to roll out the seven new ice creams in honor of each of the chosen candidates, including one from Illinois.
Naperville democrat Lauren Underwood is running for the 14th District Congressional seat and is one of the Congressional candidates chosen by Ben & Jerry’s as progressive enough to have her own “Take Back Congress” flavor.
(Lauren Underwood For Congress)
“I was so surprised by this announcement and am honored to be included with such an amazing group of Democratic candidates,” Underwood said. “I love Ben and Jerry’s ice cream — who doesn’t?”
Underwood, who said she prefers Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch flavor, said her ideal “Take Back Congress” flavor would incorporate the midwest’s reputation as one of the largest producers of corn in the U.S.
“I bet Ben and Jerry’s could make a delicious ice cream inspired by our community’s amazing caramel corn,” she said. “One of my favorite name ideas so far is ‘Health Caramel for All,’ a suggestion from one of our volunteers.”
Cohen, according to the AP, plans to handcraft about 40 pints of each candidate’s flavor. The limited edition flavors will be raffled off, with the proceeds going to the candidates’ campaigns.
The duo is seeking help from the public to name the new flavors in honor of Democratic House challengers Jess King in Pennsylvania, Ammar Campa Najja in California, Aftab Pureval in Ohio, J.D Scholten in Iowa, Stephany Rose Spaulding in Colorado, James Thompson in Kansas and Underwood.
A call to Underwood’s campaign headquarters was not immediately returned.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Defense attorneys for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke plan to call several more expert witnesses at his murder trial this week, in an effort to bolster his claim the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald was a justified act of self defense.
On Monday, Dr. Shaku Teas, a forensic pathologist hired by the defense for about $9000 to review and analyze the autopsy conducted by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, where she used to work.
Teas testified that McDonald likely died from a single gunshot wound to his chest. She also said, in her opinion, McDonald likely was standing when he was hit by most of the 16 shots Van Dyke fired. She maintained the 17-year-old ward of the state was at least partially facing Van Dyke when he was first shot.
Van Dyke’s defense team also plans to call other expert witnesses, including a ballistics expert, a use-of-force expert, and a video expert who will testify about a video animation created by the defense to show the shooting from Van Dyke’s perspective.
The defense also has sought to put the spotlight on McDonald’s troubled past, and paint him as a violent and aggressive teenager. Three witnesses testified Monday about encounters with McDonald long before the shooting, describing hostile, antagonistic, and combative behavior.
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Jason Fries, CEO of 3D Forensic, and a specialist in video reconstruction, takes the stand for the defense. His company created a video animation which the defense says will show the shooting from Jason Van Dyke’s perspective.
Next witness is Jason Fries, CEO of 3D Forensic in San Francisco, a company that does "forensic animations." This is where we expect to see the video animation of the shooting from Jason Van Dyke's POV, mentioned by the defense in opening statements. #VanDykeTrial@cbschicago
Defense attorneys sought to call a Chicago police officer to testify about an encounter with a woman who called police, alleging a man was trying to steal her car. However, when the officer arrived and chased down the suspect, the woman said she didn’t want to press charges, so the officer did not make an arrest, and cannot identify the suspect as McDonald. Judge Vincent Gaughan said the officer cannot testify, but the defense indicated they might call the woman to testify herself, and she might identify McDonald as the man she saw.
Dina Randazzo, Laquan McDonald’s probation officer, testifies about a court hearing in August 2013, when McDonald became combative with sheriff’s officers after a judge ordered him taken into custody.
First witness of the day is Laquan McDonald's probation officer. She describes an incident in 2013 when McDonald was "combative" with sheriff's officers after he was taken into custody in juvenile court. #VanDykeTrial@cbschicago
Judge Vincent Gaughan allowed the defense to present their forensic pathologist’s Powerpoint presentation on Laquan McDonald’s autopsy to the jury as “substantive evidence” they can review during deliberations. The judge then denied a defense request to present the jury with a disabled veteran’s CTA card allegedly found on McDonald’s body. However, the judge said there’s no evidence McDonald used it, and insufficient evidence of who found it on McDonald’s body.
The #VanDykeTrial is in recess now as judge and attorneys discuss the PowerPoint slideshow from yesterday to determine what kind of evidence it will be classified as. This will decide if the jury can have it sent back during deliberations. @cbschicago
Defense and prosecution are arguing now about whether a CTA card can be used as evidence. Prosecution says it's not clear the card was used only by Laquan McDonald and that it was used after McDonald was dead. Defense says that was likely a duplicate. #VanDykeTrial@cbschicago
Judge denied the defense's motion to use the card, saying there is not enough evidence to show Laquan McDonald used the card. No CTA video to prove he used it and no one quite remembers who recovered the card from McDonald at the hospital #VanDykeTrial@cbschicago