Judge bars parade of Bill Cosby accusers at sentencing hearing

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Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as "America's Dad", could be sentenced to life in prison this week after his conviction for sexual assault.

In 2004, He was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. A number of accusers, including model Janice Dickinson, were on hand for the sentencing hearing, which is expected to last two days.

Although five woman have testified during this case, more than 60 women have claimed that Cosby assaulted them, ranging from groping to rape, with many claiming that he also drugged them.

That Cosby's sentencing coming is as the same week as Ford's testimony before the Senate is certainly a coincidence.

"Taken in a fuller context of the other witnesses who testified, the prior bad acts witnesses, it creates a picture of a person, of Mr. Cosby, who befriends women, and during the course of the friendship was able to supply them with drugs and alcohol to sedate them", Dudley testified.

The defendant could serve up to 30 years in state prison with each count carrying a maximum of ten years behind bars, and a minimum of 22 months.

Not far away in the gallery sat Constand and a group of other Cosby accusers, chatting and hugging one another during recess in an upbeat nearly triumphant mood.

Cosby, who was found guilty in April, is the first celebrity to be convicted since the start of the #MeToo movement, the national reckoning with sexual misconduct that has brought down dozens of powerful men in entertainment, politics and other fields. But Deborah Tuerkheimer, a law professor at Northwestern University and an expert on sexual assault cases, said Cosby's case, as well as the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016, helped "seed the ground" for the coming wave.

Bill Cosby is about to face sentencing.

Bill Cosby will be sentenced this week following sexual assault charges made against him in 2015.

O'Neill on Wednesday ruled out the testimony of most of the other accusers, other than the five trial witnesses.

State prison, county jail or house arrest?

While the judge will ultimately have the final say in Cosby's punishment, the potential consequences for Cosby's crimes allow for many options.

Cosby's first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Cosby refused to cooperate, which he was rightfully allowed to do, so Dudley said she relied on transcripts from both of his criminal trials. His wife of over 50 years, Camille, was noticeably absent.

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