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Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

Cosby, who once had a family-friendly reputation as the 1980s television comedy "The Cosby Show", was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former administrator at his alma mater Temple University, at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Cosby, who has been under house arrest since his conviction, will also be offered the chance to make a statement before Judge Steven O'Neill hands him his sentence.

If the sentencing exceeds two years then Cosby will have to go to state prison, Valentino said the women would feel validated and vindicated to see him walk out of the courtroom in handcuffs. He is legally blind.

When Bill Cosby is sentenced Monday for drugging and molesting a woman, it will be a final chapter in downfall that leaves some blacks pained and others proud.

Two of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault decades ago have said they hope he will be sentenced to prison time this week. Cosby has arrived at a Montgomery County courthouse alongside his spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson, ahead of a 9 a.m. hearing. Constand and at least five other accusers will be at the sentencing but they will not be able to testify.

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.

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.

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

"I do think you can draw a line between the Cosby case and where we are now", she said. Judge O'Neill has had authority over the case for three years, after police arrested Cosby in December 2015 as well as during his trial in 2017 which ended in gridlock.

Since the April verdicts, Cosby has not been permitted to leave his Pennsylvania home.