Judge set to decide whether Bill Cosby, 81, goes to prison

Judge set to decide whether Bill Cosby, 81, goes to prison

Judge set to decide whether Bill Cosby, 81, goes to prison

However, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill will determine if such an allegation holds any water. Given his advanced age and health issues, it's likely that Cosby's legal team will argue for a lesser sentence.

Bill Cosby could be headed to jail as soon as Monday morning, depending on how his sentencing goes.

Bill Cosby has just arrived at the Philly courthouse where he will be sentenced in his sexual assault case. and he was greeted by angry screams. She awoke to find Cosby digitally penetrating her, touching her breasts, and placing her hand on his genitals.

But before he was convicted in April, Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended with a hung jury.

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

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. He maintains his encounters with Constand and other women were consensual. His wife of over 50 years, Camille, was noticeably absent.

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

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.

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.

This avoids a repeat of the trial of ex-Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who faced testimony from more than 100 women during his sentencing hearing. Cosby will also have a chance to speak on his own behalf if he chooses.

Some are now calling Cosby's conviction a "milestone" for #MeToo because men have long walked away from sexual abuse allegations with impunity, though allegations against the comedian predated the movement.

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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