Invoice Cosby won’t be compelled to face a parade of accusers at his upcoming sentencing, a choose dominated.
Montgomery County prosecutors had requested Decide Steven O’Neill to think about the testimony different accusers when he sentences the 81-year-old subsequent week, which might have left Cosby going through considerably extra jail time.
But O’Neill on Thursday shot down that request, saying that in his “exhaustive evaluate” of Pennsylvania regulation, he discovered no precedent that will enable him to weigh uncharged conduct in his sentencing.
Cosby has been accused by some 60 girls of assorted drug-facilitated intercourse crimes, starting from assault to rape.
The aged entertainer was convicted at retrial of three expenses of aggravated indecent assault for the 2004 drugging and molesting of Andrea Constand. He faces as much as ten years behind bars on every rely.
5 different girls took the stand alongside Constand to explain being attacked by Cosby — together with former supermodel Janice Dickinson — as prosecutors tried to show the assault on Constand wasn’t an remoted incident.
Whereas the choose’s determination bars another accusers from testifying subsequent week, his Thursday ruling gave prosecutors 24 hours to make clear whether or not or not they intend to have Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson, or Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin give statements on the sentencing.
Each Constand and Cosby can even be given probabilities to handle the courtroom.
O’Neill’s Thursday ruling comes only a day after he smacked down a second protection try to get him tossed from the case.
Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Monday, Sept. 24. The continuing is anticipated to final two days.
This story initially appeared within the New York Put up.