Harassment and Assault

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The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is pushing for the public release of a grand jury report into allegations of child sexual abuse and cover-ups in six of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses.

A legal action that seeks to lift a stay against the report's release was filed Monday under seal. Details weren't made public.

Sentencing In Bill Cosby's Sex Assault Case Set For September

May 15, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Bill Cosby will be sentenced Sept. 24, almost five months to the day after he was convicted of sexual assault, a judge said Tuesday.

Lawyers for the comedian, who turns 81 in July and faces the prospect of the rest of his life in prison, had asked Judge Steven O'Neill to delay sentencing until the end of the year.

Cosby's convictions on three counts of aggravated indecent assault will likely be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.

Matt Slocum / AP

The judge in the Bill Cosby case is weighing whether to publicly disclose the names of the jurors who convicted the comedian last week on sexual-assault charges.

Judge Steven O'Neill heard Tuesday from lawyers for The Associated Press and other news outlets, who cited a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that jurors' names should be made public under the First Amendment.

Prosecutors oppose releasing the names, citing privacy concerns. Cosby's lawyer didn't take a side.

On Witness Stand, Accuser Calls Bill Cosby A 'Serial Rapist'

Apr 11, 2018
Dominick Reuter / AP

The first accuser to testify at Bill Cosby's retrial described the comedian Wednesday as "a serial rapist" as she parried with his lawyers, while a second accuser tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: "You remember, don't you, Mr. Cosby?"

The courtroom dramatics prompted mistrial requests from Cosby's lawyers — which were denied — as prosecutors began putting on a parade of women who say Cosby drugged and molested them long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.

Pennsylvania Legislature Roiled By Sexual Misconduct Claims

Apr 11, 2018
Tim Lambert / WITF

Sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Pennsylvania Legislature this past year, including the revelation that two cases resulted in sizeable payouts.

A sitting state senator gave up plans to run for Congress in late February, following accusations of inappropriate behavior.

And an investigation is underway into claims a House member was abusive toward two women, including a fellow state representative.

Matt Rourke / AP

Bill Cosby's lawyers say they'll need to postpone his April 2 sexual assault retrial if some of his other accusers are allowed to testify.

The comedian's lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday that they'll seek a delay to allow them more time to investigate allegations from the 19 women prosecutors are seeking to call as witnesses.

Bill Cosby Is Hitting The Town, And Legal Experts See A Strategy

Jan 23, 2018
Michael Sisak / AP

Bill Cosby is suddenly out and about in his hometown of Philadelphia in what legal experts say appears to be an effort by the comedian to rebuild his good-guy image ahead of his retrial on sexual assault charges in the spring.

Matt Rourke / AP

Recent allegations suggest sexual harassment is part of the "culture of silence" in Harrisburg, LNP Media reports.

Two Pennsylvania Officials Resign Amid Misconduct Complaints

Jan 2, 2018
Governor Tom Wolf / Flickr

Two Pennsylvania government officials have resigned in recent days amid allegations by women of misconduct in the workplace.

 Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed state Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay stepped down Sunday. Senate security chief Justin Ferrante resigned Friday.

Pennlive reported Solobay quit after the paper tried to contact him for a story on a 2011 complaint that he slapped a female Senate aide on her rear-end when he was a state senator.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

It’s been a eventful news year in the Steel City, from hospital booms to repeated flush and boil orders to President Trump's impact on Pennsylvania.