Bill Cosby's downfall from "America's Dad" to convicted felon will reach its final chapter in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Monday, when a judge will begin deciding whether to sentence the 81-year-old comedian to prison for sexual assault.
Cosby's day of reckoning is set for Monday, September 24, when he will be formally sentenced for the crimes he was convicted of committing against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand back in 2004.
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.
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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. However, he was released on $1 million bail with strict conditions that he remains at home till his sentencing.
It had remained unclear whether or not fellow Cosby accusers Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker Kinney, supermodel Janice Dickinson and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin would be allowed to make victim impact statements in addition to Constand prior to Cosby's sentencing. As a result, there's massive public attention being paid to the outcome with those coming out against Cosby wondering if the court will give him a pass in terms of punishment given his fame. The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification.
Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out. Defense attorneys would be allowed to cross-examine witnesses, said Kate Delano, spokeswoman for the county prosecutor's officer. "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". O'Neil last week denied the motion, calling it untimely and "wholly without merit", court records show. Cosby's wife, Camille, also filed an ethics complaint against the judge.