"If convicted [of sexual misconduct with Chloe Goins in 2008] Cosby could face 48 months in jail as well as a possible $10,000 fine ..." - Derrick Bryson Taylor, "Cosby could face criminal charges in new sex assault claim," in the New York Post, December 16, 2014. Here is the article.
A wealthy man, Bill Cosby has little to fear from settling lawsuits with alleged victims of his sexual activities. Slap on a gag order and that could be the end of most of that.
It's a different matter when the consquences could include a sentence to prison. That's the latest development in this saga which, frankly, has become tedious.
The game-changer is that alleged victim Chloe Goins told the media that she intends to file a police report of what seemed to have happened between her and Cosby in 2008. Because that is within the statute of limitations for criminal charges in California, the legal situation has become more threatening for the former star.
Goins' contentions track those of others who have stepped forth to recount allegedly being drugged, then becoming a victim of non-consensual sexual activities. One difference is that she is not accusing Cosby of rape per se. She restricts the charges to fondling, without her consent.
If Cosby doesn't accept a plea deal, this could drag out a long time. Lawyers could delay the jury trial. Then if there is a conviction, the defendant's lawyers could argue for bail while the verdict is being appealed. Given how stress can kill, Cosby could be dead before ever being coached on how to comport himself in prison. He is already 77.
If there is a trial, we can count on media properties, ranging from upscale Vanity Fair to tabloid TMZ, to be reporting on it. I have to wonder if any reporters from Abovethelaw.com will be parachuted from the East Coast to the West to capture the feelings in the courtroom and report those to us who so enjoy the tone of its coverage. I vote for Joe Patrice to conduct this key initiative.