Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over his legacy

Bill Cosby

Cosby sentencing reveals generational divide over his legacy

According to TMZ, Cosby will be sentenced on Monday and prosecutors want him to put behind bars immediately after his sentencing.

Cosby will be sentenced at Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and the 81-year-old is facing 30 years in prison.

Cosby, the groundbreaking actor once known as "America's Dad", did not testify at the trial. 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 faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts against him - but the judge could impose a longer or shorter sentence.

Cosby was convicted in the spring of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. The nonprofit's hotline has received a record number of calls in the previous year, with many survivors citing the Cosby case and others as inspiration.

Pennsylvania's sex-offender board has examined Cosby and recommended he be deemed a predator, concluding that he has a mental defect or personality disorder that makes him prone to criminal behavior.

Law professor Aviva Orenstein told Reuters that #MeToo "may have influenced the judge's willingness to allow more witnesses".

According to The Guardian, it is rumoured that Cosby plans to appeal against the conviction, with his lawyers expected to argue for leniency, considering his age, his health, and the fact that he is legally blind.

The site further reports that Judge O'Neill ruled on Thursday morning that main witness, Andrea Constand, will be joined by the "prior bad act witnesses" Janice Dickinson, Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Lise-Lotte Lublin who may be allowed to provide their respective victim impact statements. Constand and at least five other accusers will be at the sentencing but they will not be able to testify.

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.

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