Bill Cosby arrives for start of sentencing in sex assault case

Bill Cosby arrives for start of sentencing in sex assault case

Take, for example, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, whose silence dates back to the height of Cosby's power and whose allegation of sexual abuse against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh came after tens of thousands of women have spoke up for themselves. She said he gave her a pill he described as an antihistamine.

"I think for a lot of survivors, they can see themselves in this story", Rebecca O'Connor, the vice president of public policy at RAINN, told Reuters.

"I'm hoping that's a permanent change - that there isn't the idea that you get to a point of success that you can do whatever you want", said Aviva Orenstein, a law professor at Indiana University who has studied sexual assault cases.

There is a wide range of possibilities for Cosby's sentence.

There is no mandatory minimum for the convictions.

Bill Cosby is about to face sentencing. The 80-year-old is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison for each charge, but could receive nothing more than probation.

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The sentencing hearing is expected to last two days. If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge.

Some 60 women accuse the former "Cosby Show" star of sexual assault, though Constand's case is the only one that went to trial.

The comedian's arrest in 2015 predated #MeToo, but after a deadlocked jury resulted in a mistrial in June 2017, the subsequent 2018 retrial may have been influenced by the social movement. Most recently, they saw their request to have additional accusers be allowed to testify at the sentencing hearing shot down.

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.

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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