Judge puts limit on accusers at Cosby sentencing

Lewis Collier
September 22, 2018

According to a new court ruling, Bill Cosby won't have to face his litany of accusers during his upcoming sentencing.

Judge O'Neill, however, ordered the prosecutors to inform him if they plan on bringing the five named witnesses back and rather than having them speak, is urging that they incorporate their trial testimonies instead, "in order to save time".

The aged entertainer was convicted at retrial of three charges of aggravated indecent assault for the 2004 drugging and molesting of Andrea Constand. Constand's accusation was the only one to result in prosecution. But he says he won't let other accusers take the stand. The first trial, at which only one other accuser testified, resulted in a hung jury. Each conviction has a 10-year maximum sentence, but Mr. Cosby can serve them concurrently.

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In a prepared statement, Camille Cosby announced she'd brought on Brian W. Perry "to facilitate my efforts to uncover the truth". 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.

The Cosby's and their legal team allege that O'Neill is biased, because decades ago he launched a failed bid for Montgomery County District Attorney against former prosecutor Bruce Castor, who declined to criminally prosecute "America's Dad" in 2005.

Crosby became the first celebrity convicted of a sex crime since the emergence of the #MeToo movement a year ago, in which scores of powerful men in entertainment and politics have been brought down by accusations of sexual misconduct.

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