Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Cosby back in court for sentencing

Bill Cosby better enjoy what little freedom he's got left'cause prosecutors in his sexual assault case want him locked behind bars Monday morning Bill Cosby better enjoy what little freedom he's got left'cause prosecutors in his sexual assault case want him locked behind bars Monday morning
Ivan Hill | 24 September, 2018, 21:10

The frail 81-year-old - once beloved as "America's Dad" - faces a maximum potential sentence of 30 years for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.

Although five woman have testified during this case, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them, ranging from groping to rape, with many claiming that he also drugged them. His lawyers are arguing the law is punitive and unconstitutional.

He still has the power, though, to block prosecutors from bringing in these "prior bad act" witnesses, according to Philadelphia-based criminal defense attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr. State guidelines suggest a one- to four-year sentence. All of the women told stories that were markedly similar to Constand's: Cosby would offer to be their mentor before plying them with alcohol and drugs and sexually assaulting them.

Cosby, 81, was the first celebrity to go on trial following the #MeToo movement, and could be the first to go to prison. Or O'Neill could give him less than a year and let him serve some or all of the time on home confinement, typically with an ankle monitor, or probation.

On Monday, the judge opened proceedings by hearing opposing arguments on whether Cosby should be included on the Pennsylvania state's list of violent sexual predators, as recommended by the state board.

They filed a motion this month demanding that O'Neill recuse himself from the case before sentencing, accusing him of bias because of an alleged grudge against a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who previously declined to prosecute Cosby and testified at a pre-trial hearing in the current case.

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Since the April verdicts, Cosby has not been permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home.

If so, Cosby will have to undergo monthly counseling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life, rather than for just 10 years.

Valentino said of the women who have high hopes for the verdict of the trial that they pray it could mean that future generations of women won't have to face this type of treatment.

Cosby also could address the court in an "allocution", Delano said.

"The judge knows a ton about Mr. Cosby whether or not the D.A. puts on a single witness", Filler said.

When the Montgomery County Court in Norristown opened its doors at 9 a.m., there was already a line of people outside waiting to get a seat in the courtroom for Cosby's sentencing.

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