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As prosecutor seeks to revoke his bail, Cosby curses at him

As prosecutor seeks to revoke his bail, Cosby curses at him

(CNN) - After the guilty verdict was announced Thursday against Bill Cosby, the TV icon shouted at the prosecutor in the courtroom.

The 80-year-old comedian's outburst, which happened after the jury was dismissed, came in response to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Kevin Steele's argument that Cosby's $1 million bail should be revoked, because, Steele said, Cosby might flee anywhere in the world.

Steele said Cosby had a private plane and that no dollar amount would be able to ensure his appearance.

Cosby stood up at one point and yelled at Steele: "He doesn't have a private plane, you asshole."

Judge Steven O'Neill did not revoke the bail, and cited Cosby's age and his appearance at every hearing for the past 2½ years as reasons.

"I'm not simply going to lock him up right now," O'Neill said.

"You are making a very big deal of something where there is a very high bail and he has appeared at every appearance," O'Neill told Steele.

Judge O'Neill ruled that Cosby should not leave his home. Since Cosby has homes in multiple states, the judge noted that if he does arrange with the appropriate offices to stay in a home in another state he must first be fitted with a GPS tracking device before leaving.

The case against Cosby centered on testimony from accuser Andrea Constand, a former employee with Temple University women's basketball team. She testified that Cosby, a powerful trustee at Temple, drugged her and sexually assaulted her during a January 2004 visit to his home in a Philadelphia suburb, where she went to ask for career advice.

A jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Constand.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, but would likely serve them concurrently. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The fate of the sheriff from the Parkland shooting lands in the Florida governor's lap

The fate of the sheriff from the Parkland shooting lands in the Florida governor's lap

MIAMI (CNN) - Broward County sheriff's deputies took a largely symbolic vote of no confidence against embattled Sheriff Scott Israel, but their leader says he plans to press the issue with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and ask him to reconsider the sheriff's position.

The Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies Association vote was 534-94, with union President Jeff Bell vowing to ask Scott to consider removing Israel and praising the "great courage" of members who voted "under threat of retaliation and reprisal."

"I cannot tell Gov. Scott how to do his job, but I'm asking him ... to re-evaluate the position of sheriff," Bell said. "If he feels that Sheriff Israel must be removed or suspended, we will fully support him in that decision."

Bell said it was the union's first vote of no confidence against a sheriff.

"He fails to listen to the people," he said of Israel. "He fails to listen to the membership and he wants to blame everybody else for his problems."

Israel said in a statement that he was accountable only to the citizens of the county.

"My job is to continue to do the job I was elected to do, which is to ensure the safety of Broward County's 1.9 million residents," the statement said. "I will not be distracted from my duties by this inconsequential IUPA union vote."

Israel accused the union of using the vote to "extort a 6.5% pay raise from this agency," a charge Bell denied.

"Those who purportedly voted in this straw ballot reflect only a small number of the 5,400 BSO employees," Israel said. "The unions representing the vast majority of our employees solidly support the leadership of this agency."

The announcement to hold a vote of no confidence was made Friday and the union cited "many instances of malfeasance ... and the lack of leadership" as reasons for Thursday's vote.

The union also said the sheriff's handling of the Parkland school shooting enraged the rank and file, including an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper during which Israel boasted of his "amazing leadership."

At Scott's request, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting as well as the law enforcement response.

"Gov. Scott believes that people must be held accountable for the reported failures in response to the school shooting in Parkland, which is why he immediately called for a full and systematic FDLE investigation into the matter," spokesman John Tupps said in a statement.

"Once that investigation is complete, and we have all the facts, the appropriate steps will be taken to hold people accountable."

According to Florida statue, Scott has the power to suspend the sheriff for actions such as "misfeasance" and "neglect of duty" and may fill the office by appointment for the period of suspension. The actual power to remove the sheriff from office is in the hands of the state Senate.

CNN emails and calls for comment to the Florida Senate's Office of the President were not returned. According to the body's website, it makes "final dispositions" on whether to reinstate a suspended official or remove him from office.

Eleven days after the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and 73 other Republican representatives sent a letter to Scott, asking him to suspend the sheriff for what they called his "incompetence and neglect of duty."

The lawmakers also cited the failure of Scott and his deputies to enter the school building to stop the shooter, and their failure to act on warning signs about the shooter for years.

"Gov. Scott is absolutely disgusted the BSO deputy did not rush into the school to save these victims," Tupps said in Thursday's statement.

Scott exercised his power to suspend a sheriff in 2016, after then-Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair was indicted on two counts of perjury. In that case, Scott appointed an interim sheriff.

Since the no confidence vote campaign against Israel started last week, two other unions -- The Federation Of Public Employees and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #53 -- have written letters of support for the sheriff.

"As your largest union, we support you and have confidence in how you are running this large complex agency," said the letter from the public employees' union, which claims to represent 2,500 Broward Sheriff's Office employees.

While the no confidence vote against Israel is symbolic, Bell said it represents the collective voice of the rank and file deputies, and he plans to use that voice to pressure the governor to act.

Bell said Scott's failure to remove Israel would mean he "agrees the sheriff is an amazing leader."

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Trauma surgeon in YouTube shooting vents his frustration over continuing gun violence

Trauma surgeon in YouTube shooting vents his frustration over continuing gun violence

(CNN) - As a trauma surgeon, Dr. Andre Campbell has patched up victims of gun violence for decades, privately venting with colleagues about the epidemic.

Those private conversations became public Tuesday.

Campbell, who helped treat victims injured in a shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California hours earlier, made pointed comments about gun violence in a press conference about victims of the shooting.

"To think that after we've seen Las Vegas, Parkland, the Pulse nightclub shooting, that we would see an end to this, but we have not," Campbell, an attending trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, told reporters.

Three people suffered gunshot wounds in the shooting on the campus in San Bruno, California, south of San Francisco, according to San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini. One person injured her ankle, Barberini said. The female shooter died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the chief said.

Campbell said gun violence is a problem that needs to be addressed. He also chided the media for not paying attention to other instances of gun violence.

"Gun violence happens every day throughout the United States. It happens here in San Francisco. It happens in the Bay Area. It happens all over the country," Campbell said. "But I don't see you guys out here because I'd like to make sure that people know that we got a serious problem that we need to address."

"I don't have all the answers ... at least we're having a discussion about it nationally," he said. "This is a real problem."

Hospital spokesman Brent Andrew said a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition, a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition and a 36-year-old man was in critical condition.

Campbell said the patients injured in the shooting at the YouTube headquarters suffered multiple injuries and were not in surgery at the moment.

"This is a terrible day in the United States," said Campbell, a professor of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Campbell said once again, the hospital -- the only level 1 trauma center in San Francisco -- was confronted with a mass casualty.

The hospital dealt with multiple shooting victims in each of the past two weeks, Campbell said. The incidents included a fatal shooting at a San Francisco barbershop.

"I didn't see all these cameras out here ... last week when I was here," he said.

"That's the problem, when something like this happens, which is terribly unfortunate, then you guys come out," Campbell said. "The reality is we have to deal with this all the time. We have to deal with the families."

Emergency medical providers generally define a mass casualty as an incident in which the number of casualties exceeds the resources available to deal with them.

The patients were awake and aware of what happened, Campbell said.

When asked if they said anything when they arrived at the hospital, Campbell said: "No, other than shocked like we are ... every time these terrible things happen."

In an interview with CNN, Campbell said he wanted to speak about an issue the gun violence in all communities.

"We kind of quietly do our job and we don't say a whole lot," he said. "But today just seemed like it was a day where people wanted to hear what was going on."

He added: "We as trauma providers, we are just saddened by the fact that this is persistent problem."

Campbell grew up in Queens, New York, at a time when the city struggled with gun violence.

His interest in the sciences led to him to study pre-med at Harvard University. He graduated in 1980.

Campbell earned a medical degree five years later from the University of California, San Francisco.

He returned to New York to work as a resident at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he often treated victims of gun violence.

"I felt that I'd be able to make a difference in people's lives becoming a trauma surgeon," he told CNN.

He hasn't treated victims of nation's mass shootings like colleagues in other hospitals, but he has seen his share of gunshot victims over the years.

At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, he recalled seeing 10 to 15 gunshot victims often on weekends about a decade ago, he said.

"It happens with such regularity. It's unbelievable," he said of gun violence.

"We need to work together to find a solution," Campbell said.

Soon after he spoke to reporters, colleagues and doctors worldwide sent him warm text messages and emails.

"I just echoed what they feel," he said.

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