Bill Cosby faces sentencing over sex assault

Bill Cosby

Many of Cosby's alleged victims planned to meet ahead of the sentencing to go to the courtroom together today.

The order leaves open the possibility that prosecutors could call some of the five women the judge had previously allowed to testify at the April trial about their accusations.

Defense attorneys are likely to point to Cosby's age, declining health, history of philanthropic giving and the fact that this is his first criminal conviction as factors that show he should receive a short prison sentence - or none at all.

Bill Cosby's chief accuser has arrived at a courthouse outside Philadelphia for a sentencing hearing for the 81-year-old entertainer convicted of sexually assaulting her. The Herald has reported that Cosby's conviction for these sex crimes is sufficient for MA authorities to require him to register here if he spends four days in one month or 14 days in a year in the Bay State.

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

The trial - his second, after the jury in a first trial failed to reach a verdict - was the first of a celebrity accused of sexual assault since the beginning of the #MeToo movement.

During the court proceedings, Cosby admitted giving women drugs but added that he never took the drugs because he wanted to stay in control of himself.




Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, said in a statement that she had retained a former prosecutor to facilitate her efforts to "uncover the truth" regarding what she says is a feud between O'Neill and Castor.

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

These women were not among the prior bad act witnesses that testified.

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

Cosby is now out on $1 million bail, but he does have to wear a Global Positioning System tracker at all times.

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.

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