Several young women, including his now-adult daughter who lives out of state, testified against Cohen during last fall's three-week trial. The other women said Cohen bought them gifts, gave them back rubs and did huge favors for them when they were underage or close to it; Cohen was not charged with abusing or exploiting them.
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The jury acquitted him of several sex abuse charges -- one involving touching and groping his daughter. A juror explained later that the jurors felt comfortable convicting him on the evidence they saw in photographs, but not on counts for which they had to rely solely on the daughter's word about what happened.
The daughter and other family members did not attend Wednesday's sentencing hearing and the daughter did not file a victim statement. The affected family members "want to put this behind them and want to have nothing to do with him anymore," said state prosecutor John Skidmore. Two off-duty police officers testified in Cohen's support, praising his strong work ethic and loyalty as a family friend. Also in the courtroom were other former co-workers: police detectives who investigated Cohen. Dave Parker.
Skidmore argued in favor of a year sentence with seven years suspended. He said the crime deserved a longer sentence than the norm given Cohen's role as a police officer. Skidmore noted the high recidivism rate of sexual offenders who target children.
Also, until Cohen admits his crime, his chances for rehabilitation are diminished, Skidmore said. Cashion, Cohen's attorney, favored a sentence of two years in prison and three years of probation, saying that case law did not justify a longer sentence. He said that Cohen respects the judicial process and will follow his probation. After a recess, Judge Wolverton imposed Cohen's year sentence, with eight years suspended.
Wolverton told the courtroom that he specifically did not intend for Cohen to return to jail. The judge said that while Cohen has a history of "concerning behavior," he believed that Cohen had "very good prospects" as a probationer. Cohen will not go to prison because he has already spent more than two-thirds of the four-year, unsuspended prison sentence in jail -- 1, days to be exact.
In Alaska, felons with good behavior do not need to serve the final third of their sentence, though they must return to jail to serve the remainder if they violate their probation. Cohen spent a portion of that time in isolation due to his status as a former police officer and he was assaulted three times, once during transport, Cashion told the judge. Cohen was an year veteran of the Anchorage Police Department and was teaching at the police academy when he was arrested in He also served in the military for 23 years.
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Cohen is now registered by the state as a sexual offender. Among the 18 conditions of his release, he must not contact the victim, he cannot have unsupervised contact with females under age 16 or have an e-mail account without his parole officer's permission, he cannot go to parks and playgrounds that minors use, and he and his property can be searched without a warrant for pornography, female minors or firearms.
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Alaska Life We Alaskans. Alaska Marijuana News. Arts and Entertainment TV Listings. Opinions Editorials. Politics Alaska Legislature. Sports National Sports. Special Sections Back to school. Visual Stories Videos. Now Davis, an established Washington-insider attorney, is claiming Cohen's statement last week 'was true — and consistent with his post-joint defense agreement commitment to tell the truth. Stephen Ryan left is the attorney who asked White House lawyers about clemency for his client Cohen last year while they were all sifting through Cohen's documents to see what might be subject to attorney-client privilege.
Trump's free-wheeling personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani left the door open last year to a possible future pardon, even as White House lawyers ruled it out. Jay Sekulow and Joanna Hendon said they wouldn't consider it; the famously free-wheeling Giuliani, however, said the concept could win the president's support in the future. The topic came up while Ryan and attorneys for the president were working side-by-side to determine which of the documents in the FBI's possession would be subject to attorney-client privilege.
Ryan left the impression in separate discussions with Trump Organization attorneys Alan Futerfas and Alan Garten that promise of a pardon would keep Cohen from cooperating with New York-based federal prosecutors. Cohen has appeared on Capitol Hill four times since last week: once for the public hearing where he testified that he never asked for a presidnetial pardon, and three more times behind closed doors.
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