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Cosby judge weighs hearing on 'predator' status

September 24, 2018 - 9:50 am
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(AP) A judge is weighing whether to hold a hearing to determine if Bill Cosby is a sexually violent predator.
 
Cosby is in a suburban Philadelphia courtroom Monday for the start of his sentencing hearing. He was convicted in April of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.
 
A state board has recommended that Cosby be classified a sexually violent predator, which would mandate community notification of his whereabouts and lifetime counseling. His lawyers are arguing the law is punitive and unconstitutional. 
 
Judge Steven O'Neill is considering whether to hold a hearing on the matter.
 
Bill Cosby's chief accuser has arrived at a courthouse outside Philadelphia for a sentencing hearing for the 81-year-old entertainer convicted of sexually assaulting her.
 
Former Temple University women's basketball administrator Andrea Constand testified that Cosby knocked her out with pills, then molested her during an encounter at his home in 2004. A jury convicted Cosby of three felony counts. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though state guidelines suggest a sentence of one to four years.
 
Constand tweeted a Bible verse earlier Monday.

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