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Did Bill Cosby get off too easy?

Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison for three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. Cosby will also be registered as a "sexually violent predator." More than 60 women have come forward with similar allegations. Some feel that given Cosby’s age and frail physical state, he should be placed under house arrest rather than sent to prison. Others are adamant that given the decades of abuse, Cosby should suffer the maximum sentence, if not more. What do you think?

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As of his sentencing, Cosby is 81 years old and legally blind. The judge presiding over Cosby's case, Steven O'Neill, had the option to place the disgraced comedian under house arrest or under probation, which may have been more appropriate for a man of his age.

NPR looks to David Harris, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh for insight. According to Harris: 

'It might not take a severe sentence for the punishment to mean Cosby's freedom will be permanently stripped away...Even a term of a few years could be the equivalent of a life sentence for Cosby.'

As a result, Cosby's lawyers planned to position the defendant's frail nature in the sentencing hearing. NPR's Bobby Allyn reports:

Cosby's defense lawyers are expected to underscore Cosby's age, his philanthropy, and his lack of a criminal record. In such a feeble state, Cosby's lawyers will likely say, how would he pose a threat to anyone else?
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Because that makes sense. Justice is not doled out based off of someone's likelihood of committing more crimes; justice is retribution for one's actions, and in this case, Cosby is lucky he is only being sentenced for three counts of aggravated indecent assault instead of dozens more. 

Harris continues his point above by saying: 

'It would not be fair or just to fail to sentence Cosby to any time in prison given the amount of damage he did to these women and the very cynical and dangerous way that he accomplished these sexual assaults. It's just wrong.'

Although Cosby has been denied bail, his maximum sentence shrunk from 30 years to 10 after prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to merge the three counts against Cosby to just one, according to CNN. Many wish the sentence could be much longer and worry he will only suffer the minimum. 

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