Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

On Monday, Bill Cosby will be sentenced for his conviction on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging Andrea Constand before he sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia home in 2004. As it stands, Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison. The sentencing hearing is set for two days and will begin Monday in Montgomery County.

State sentencing guidelines, which are not mandatory, recommend a sentence between two and four years, Chanenson said. If he must serve time, he could be taken into custody immediately.

Two of Bill Cosby's many accusers said on Sunday that they hope that the disgraced actor-comedian will be sentenced to jail at this week's hearing.

The stunning outburst marked a stark contrast from Cosby's relatively quiet public profile in recent years.

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.

Cosby could spend the rest of his life in prison.

. In addition, Cosby could be allowed to remain out of prison until any legal appeal is resolved.

Several of the Cosby accusers who were in Pennsylvania for the trial have returned, including Lili Bernard and Therese Serignese. The hearings will also determine whether Cosby is designated a sexually violent predator. A state panel has said that should happen; his attorneys have argued the board's process is unconstitutional.

Janice Dickinson - who did testify as a prior bad act witness at trial - is also in court this morning. But Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and an expert on sexual assault cases, said Cosby's case, as well as the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, helped "seed the ground" for the coming wave.

No matter Cosby's sentence, the guilty verdicts already have triggered an outpouring of emotion from his victims.

"I do think you can draw a line between the Cosby case and where we are now", she said. "I feel like my faith in humanity is restored".

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