Bill Cosby sentencing hearing caps fall from grace for 'America's Dad'

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 24, 2018

Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Demetra Mehta, Cosby's lawyer, stated that "it's the modern-day version of a scarlet letter". Judge O'Neill has had authority over the case for three years, after police arrested Cosby in December 2015 as well as during his trial in 2017 which ended in gridlock.

Bill Cosby has enjoyed life in the convenience of his home over the five months since his guilty verdict for three counts of aggravated incident assault.

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Reportedly, Cosby is facing a punishment as severe as anything between thirty years of prison, or merely probation. Since then, more than 60 women have come forward with allegations against him. Judge O'Neill agreed, writing in his order that in an "exhaustive review" of state case law he found nothing allowing him to consider "uncharged conduct" at the sentencing. The hearings will also determine whether Cosby is designated a sexually violent predator.

A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday denied a request by prosecutors to allow additional women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct to tell their stories at his sentencing hearing on a sexual assault conviction. Prosecutors hope to call other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.

The stigma may not be as paralyzing for a man like Cosby - in his 80s, living in a gated house and presumably not looking for work or going to the local gym. But given his ability to push for an appeal, and the resources that he has to pay bail and remain far from a correctional facility, it is quite possible that he could live his last days as free as he has since the judge overseeing the proceedings ruled that he may remain confined to his residence leading up to this week's sentencing.

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