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Bill Cosby seeks plea deal in rape case to avoid jail

December 12, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bill Cosby seeks plea deal in rape case to avoid jail

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Comedian Bill Cosby is hoping to negotiate a plea deal that would allow him to avoid jail time for his sex crimes, according to a source close to the shamed comedian.

After a judge in Pennsylvania ruled that shocking testimony would be admissible from a 2005 civil suit, in which he confessed to providing women drugs before having sex with them, Cosby intends to ask his lawyers to attempt to score a plea deal so he can avoid trial.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving a Temple University student. The trial is listed to begin in June.

Accusations have also surfaced that he drugged and raped over 50 women.

“He and his family, including his wife, are adamant that Bill won’t be able to convince a jury to let him off,” a source familiar with the Cosby’s told The New York Post Post Page Six.

The source continued: “Cosby and his family believe he’ll be eligible for a sentence of just probation… And remove the threat of him dying in prison.”

“They are hoping that the district attorney will feel as though he’s won with a plea deal and they think that the DA will consider Cosby’s age, his medical condition, that he’s paid the victim millions, and the fact that his career is over,” the source added.

A spokesperson for the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Office refused to comment on a potential plea deal.

Even as he thinks about taking a plea, Bill Cosby — who was once widely regarded as “America’s Dad” — proceeds to rant about the racism he asserts is behind his prosecution.

“[He] believes that this prosecution is racially motivated. He’s rich; he’s famous, and the world loved him. But if it were, say, a Robert Young or Fred MacMurray, if they were ever accused, America itself would not stand for it,” the source noted.

After the latest setback, Cosby returned feeling defeated to his Massachusetts residence.

“It’s fixed. I have no chance,” he stated, the source reported, after the judge in his trial ruled that his disclosure in a ten-year-old deposition is admissible in the case.

Bill Cosby previously settled a civil suit with the former Temple University student, Andrea Constand, back in 2006. In the testimony, Cosby confessed to giving the victim quaaludes.

Cosby also detailed how he put his hands down the woman’s pants.

“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so, I continue, and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped.”

The comic has declared his innocence and has regularly tried to get the current case dismissed citing, among other things, his blindness and a commitment by Bruce Castor, the former District Attorney, not to charge him.

Alternatively, Judge Steven O’Neill referred to Castor’s choice as “prosecutorial discretion,” not a legal guarantee.

“This court finds there is no constitutional barrier to the use of the defendant’s civil deposition testimony,” O’Neill stated.

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