Comedian Bill Cosby to be sentenced for sexual assault conviction

Angelo Anderson
September 24, 2018

Defense lawyers will likely point to Cosby's age, frailty and failing vision.

The appeals process could take years, however, and the 81-year-old has yet to set foot in a jail cell.

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.

O'Neill has refused to allow additional Cosby accusers to give statements at his sentencing, although it is not clear if the five others who testified at trial will in fact appear. While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby's punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby's crimes allow for many options.

But prosecutors are expected to paint him as a serial and unrepentant sexual predator, who has never admitted wrongdoing.

O'Neill will also consider whether Cosby should be classified as a sexually violent predator.

He then rose to fame starring on numerous television shows before establishing himself as a household name with eight seasons of The Cosby Show, beginning in 1984.

But behind the scenes, according to testimony, the married star sought out sexual encounters with young women, including actresses he offered to mentor, models seeking a part on his shows, and flight attendants he met in his travels.

Cosby and his legal team have tangled repeatedly with the judge in the case.

Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago say they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week. Cosby's wife, Camille, also filed an ethics complaint against the judge.

In a ruling last week, O'Neill refused to step down, calling the claim of bias "unsubstantiated" and "meritless".

The judge barred a request by prosecutors to call a parade of accusers to testify at the sentencing hearing.

"It's the modern-day version of a scarlet letter", said lawyer Demetra Mehta, a former Philadelphia public defender, "which I think is sort of an interesting philosophical issue at this time with the #MeToo movement, but also criminal justice reform".

Once adored by millions for his defining role on "The Cosby Show", he has been confined to his Philadelphia area mansion on a $1 million bail for almost three years, fitted with a Global Positioning System monitor and subjected to a violent sexual predator assessment after his guilty conviction.

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