On Thursday, former Suffolk County Sheriff and Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral joined Boston Public Radio to discuss a story that would make front-page headlines in a typical news cycle: the sentencing of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

"It’s astonishing that something as big as Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing is getting almost pushed to the back burner because of all of the issues around the coronavirus,” Cabral said.

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On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison after being convicted in February on two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape. Cabral said she expected the court to be more lenient, considering the precedent.

"I was a little bit surprised that he got that much time,” Cabral said. "I think that much time was warranted, but [what] history tells you [about] the way sentencing usually goes in cases like this... I was not at all sure that it wouldn’t be closer to the lower end of the spectrum.”

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Addressing the judge before his sentencing, Weinstein said he was “totally confused” by the charges.

"As we see with him and other narcissists who have powerful positions, they never understand the pain that they inflict,” Cabral said. “They only understand the pain that they feel.”