Bill Cosby Possibly Headed to Jail on Monday

Emmett Rice
September 24, 2018

He could get probation to 30 years in prison on Monday, when he is scheduled for sentencing for three sexual assault convictions. If he must serve time, he could be taken into custody immediately.

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.

Bill Cosby will face sentencing for his crimes against Andrea Constand on Monday.

Former Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004.

To Cosby's advantage, it doesn't appear that the prosecution has been effective in getting its way.

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One key issue for the sentencing hearing is whether Cosby will be designated a "sexually violent predator".

The decision is ultimately up to Judge Steven T. O'Neill, who oversaw Cosby's 2018 retrial, as well as his mistrial a year earlier that ended in a hung jury. If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge.

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. Convicts typically use the opportunity, before a sentence is handed down, to beg for mercy.

"I do think you can draw a line between the Cosby case and where we are now", she said. "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".

Since the April verdicts, Cosby has not been permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home. The nonprofit's hotline has received a record number of calls in the a year ago, with many survivors citing the Cosby case and others as inspiration. If he wanted to leave the state for another home, he'd have to arrange it ahead of time and wear a Global Positioning System monitoring device, O'Neill ruled in April.

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