(CNN) — A Pennsylvania judge sentenced Bill Cosby to 3-10 years in prison in the wake of his conviction in April for sexual assault.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill also rejected a plea from Cosby’s lawyers for bail while they appeal the case and ordered him to be taken straight to prison.
Cosby declined to speak to the court ahead of the sentence.
Prosecutors asked the judge on Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in state prison for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, saying he had shown “no remorse” for his actions. However, Cosby’s defense attorney, Joseph P. Green, asked for a sentence of house arrest, citing Cosby’s advanced age and blindness.
The state sentencing guidelines indicate 22 to 36 months in prison, plus or minus 12 months because of aggravating or mitigating circumstances. However, judges are allowed to issue sentences beyond those guidelines.
“Sexually Violent Predator” status requires lifetime registration, lifetime mandatory sex offender counseling with a treatment provider and notification of the community that a “sexually violent predator” lives in the area. It does not impact the length of the actual sentence.
Once a groundbreaking actor known as “America’s Dad,” Cosby was accused by dozens of women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over his decades as a powerful media figure. Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Constand at his home in 2004, in the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era.
Ahead of the sentencing, Constand wrote a five-page letter to the court explaining how Cosby’s assault — and the ensuing legal battle — had changed her life.
“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature and my trust in myself and others,” she wrote.
Cosby’s case tests #MeToo
Several of Cosby’s victims arrived to court for the sentencing, including supermodel Janice Dickinson. She was one of five “prior bad acts” witnesses who testified at the criminal trial that Cosby had incapacitated and then assaulted them without their consent.
Cosby arrived Monday and Tuesday with his spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson.
Cosby did not testify at the trial and has spoken publicly only infrequently since his criminal trial began. But in April, when prosecutors claimed he had a private plane and asked the judge to revoke his bail, Cosby stood up in court and yelled, “He doesn’t have a plane, you a**hole,” referring to himself in the third person.
In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said that “extraordinary display of disrespect” was evidence of “who this convicted criminal defendant actually is.”
“He seemingly thinks that he hasn’t done anything wrong,” District Attorney Kevin Steele said in court. “The jury thinks otherwise.”
Green, Cosby’s attorney, asked for a sentence of house arrest and said that Cosby was not a danger to anyone.
“Eighty-one-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not a danger, unless perhaps to themselves,” he said.
Green also downplayed the outburst on Monday, saying that “Mr. Cosby’s frustration got the better of him.”
“When Mr. Steele’s witnesses at trial made outbursts, that was excused, everybody understands, but when the defendant makes one, it deserves three pages in a sentencing memorandum?”
Though the three charges each carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years, Judge O’Neill announced Monday that the charges had been merged into one because they all stem from the same event.
Cosby has remained out of prison for the past five months on $1 million bail, and his lawyers said they plan to appeal his convictions. Cosby could also be allowed to remain out of prison until his legal appeals are resolved.
The decision is ultimately up to O’Neill, who oversaw Cosby’s 2018 retrial, as well as his mistrial a year earlier that ended in a hung jury.
Sexually violent predator status
On Monday, a prosecution expert said Cosby should be labeled a “sexually violent predator” because he has a mental disorder that involves urges toward nonconsenting women.
“The behaviors are beyond their controls, so they are urged to act on it. He is likely to reoffend,” Kristen Dudley, a psychologist and a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, testified in court.
A state panel had advised that Cosby be classified as a “sexually violent predator.” Cosby declined to participate in the evaluation by Dudley, who said she came to her determination by reviewing trial transcripts and other reports.
Defense attorneys challenged Dudley’s assessment that he would reoffend, saying that his age and blindness made it unlikely. Timothy P. Foley, a licensed psychologist who met with Cosby, testified for the defense on Tuesday that sex offense recidivism becomes “almost negligible” for people over the age of 70.
(CNN) — President Donald Trump sought to discredit one of the women accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct by saying she was “messed up” and “drunk” at the time of the alleged incident. He also said he believes Democrats are masterminding “a con game” against his Supreme Court nominee.
Trump paused before his bilateral meeting with the Colombian President Tuesday to deliver a broadside against Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior in an interview with The New Yorker, an allegation he has denied repeatedly. CNN has not independently confirmed her story.
“The second accuser has nothing,” Trump said. “She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses.”
“She said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn’t know it was him but it might’ve been him,” Trump said, adding sarcastically, ” ‘Oh gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.’ ”
During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women. They came forward in the wake of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape that was released in October 2016 in which he is caught saying on a hot mic: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
But the White House — through press secretary Sarah Sanders and others — has dismissed all the allegations against him as old news that had been litigated during the campaign.
Trump, who said he watched Kavanaugh defend himself on Fox News Monday night, said Democrats were “making him into something he’s not.”
“They’re really con artists,” the President continued. “They know he’s a high-quality person. They don’t believe it. It’s just resist and obstruct. They’re playing a con game and they play it very well — they play it actually much better than Republicans. They’re lousy politicians and they have lousy policy, they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.”
“When I saw (Sen. Chuck) Schumer, who never even saw this woman, ‘I believe her 100%,’ and I see these other senators that I deal with on a daily basis. I know them better than they know themselves. But it’s just a game to them, but it’s a very dangerous game to our country,” Trump said.
Trump, who phoned Kavanaugh Monday to tell him he was sticking by him, defended him again Tuesday.
“He’s one of the highest quality people. You know when he said that really he was focused on trying to be number one in his class at Yale, to me that was so believable. I understand college very well, I understand being number one in your class and I understand a lot of things. When he said that, I understood exactly what — he was so truthful, and I thought that came out,” Trump said.
White House aides have sought to turn the President’s focus to the diplomatic situations at hand in New York this week and away from the domestic crises in Washington. While discussing the allegations Monday, Trump turned to his Colombian counterpart, President Iván Duque, and said, “You must say, ‘How is this possible?'”
Despite Trump’s skepticism, Sanders indicated earlier Tuesday that the White House is open to the idea of hearing testimony from Ramirez at the hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh Thursday.
“Certainly we would be open to that, and that process could take place on Thursday,” Sanders said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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.
(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.
Duke Johnson (Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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.
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Activists seeking to repeal California’s gas tax increase are proposing another ballot measure aimed at providing replacement transportation funding and nixing the state’s high-speed rail project.
Supporters of Proposition 6 said Tuesday they will file a proposed initiative for the 2020 ballot that would designate existing tax revenues for transportation projects and end the state’s plan to build a high-speed train.
The proposal is seen as a counterpart to this year’s ballot initiative to repeal a fuel tax increase that is funding transportation projects in the state.
California passed the fuel tax increase last year. Proposition 6, which is on the November ballot, seeks to repeal it.
A message seeking comment was left for Proposition 6 opponents.
DUBLIN (CBS SF) — A desperate search for a six-year-old boy who was ripped from his mother’s arms and abducted by his father has ended with his discovery in Dublin, authorities said.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS Sacramento that six-year-old Jayce Alexander Cosso was found safe in Dublin. No other details were immediately available.
Kimberly Valente, the mother of six-year-old Jayce Alexander Cosso, begged police and others for help in locating her son earlier Tuesday posting a plea on Facebook.
“LOOK FOR EVERY MAN TRAVELING WITH CHILD,” she posted on her Facebook page. “LOOK FOR THE FACES THAT HAVE BEEN SHARED OVER THE LAST ALMOST-24 HOURS. PLEASE PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TODAY. PLEASE LOOK AT CARS AND FACES AND PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING THAT DOESNT SEEM RIGHT. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MATTER THE MOST. THE PUBLIC HAS THE POWER TO BRING JAYCE HOME.”
Across Northern California, morning commuters were greeted with Amber Alert roadside signs displaying the father’s car description — a black 2012 Ford Fusion with California license plate number 8BDY654.
Authorities said Jayce Alexander Cosso was abducted from his home on the 3700 block of Poinsettia Drive in Modesto at about 7:30 a.m. Monday. The suspect is the child’s father, John Christopher Cosso, 41.
Valente said that John Cosso and a group of men dressed as utility workers used pepper spray to force their way inside her home. She ran with her son to the garage to try and drive away, but she said the men blocked her and took Jayce from her lap.
Jayce Cosso is a white male. He is approximately two feet six inches tall and weighs about 35 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black Transformers t-shirt and faded green camouflage boxer shorts.
John Cosso is approximately five feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has hazel eyes, a shaved head and facial tattoos.
Police also are looking for Renee Quijada, who they are calling a person of interest in the abduction.
Photo of Renee Quijada (Modesto Police Department)
SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – A man was taken into custody after allegedly assaulting a woman at the Bay Fair BART Station in San Leandro after he pulled her off a train early Tuesday morning, according to BART police.
BART police Lt. Jason Scott said the incident was first reported around 5 a.m. when the man allegedly pulled the woman off the train after he thought she was using drugs on board. Officers responded, but couldn’t determine if she was using drugs, Scott said.
The woman declined to press charges on the man, who Scott said didn’t know the woman.