They filed a motion this month demanding that O'Neill recuse himself from the case before sentencing, accusing him of bias because of an alleged grudge against a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who previously declined to prosecute Cosby and testified at a pre-trial hearing in the current case. Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O'Neill will have the final say.
According to NBC News, "Cosby's lawyers opposed the request for additional accusers to testify at the sentencing hearing".
Lasha, who wept during her testimony at the trial last spring, said she prays Cosby is sentenced to 30 years.
Cosby's defense team is expected to appeal the guilty verdict and the judge could allow Cosby to remain on house arrest until the appeal is resolved.
Cosby's life is now in the judge's hands. literally. "You can bet, especially in crowd-sourced things, everything's going to begin with 'he's a sexually violent predator.' It's like a slogan". The distinction would subject Cosby to lifetime registration with state police, lifetime sex offender counseling and community notification. Defense attorneys would be allowed to cross-examine witnesses, said Kate Delano, spokeswoman for the county prosecutor's officer. Convicts typically use the opportunity, before a sentence is handed down, to beg for mercy.
The trial - his second, after the jury in a first trial failed to reach a verdict - was the first of a celebrity accused of sexual assault since the beginning of the #MeToo movement. 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.
In a prepared statement, Camille Cosby announced she'd brought on Brian W. Perry "to facilitate my efforts to uncover the truth".
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby will find out today whether he's a "sexually violent predator" and if he'll do prison time in Pennsylvania - while he continues to be unregistered as a sex offender in MA.