Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years

People line up early to enter the Montgomery County Courthouse for sentencing of actor and comedian Bill Cosby in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 24, 2018.

A jury in April found the "Fat Albert" and "The Cosby Show" star guilty of drugging and assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. The sentences could be served concurrently by Mr. Cosby, who has said he is legally blind.

On Saturday, TMZ reported that authorities close to the case have expressed that such an arrangement won't cut it for those invested in seeing Cosby brought to justice and that Constand's team "will push for the disgraced comedian/felon to be immediately hauled off to prison once the judge sentences him Monday AM".

But Cosby's conviction has given hope to many survivors, particularly those whose abuse occurred too long ago to pursue criminal charges, according to Rebecca O'Connor, vice president of public policy at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). 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. Prosecutors hope to call other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.

Cosby was released on $1 million bail and ordered to remain in his home until sentencing. The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification.

While some will be disappointed not to voice their accusations in court, experts say it could remove a lengthy part of the trail and speed up the hearing.

"I really think it's important that he spend some time behind bars", said Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her when she was 23 in 1989. "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". Cosby's wife, Camille, also filed an ethics complaint against the judge.

  • Marlene Weaver