05.15.2018

Judge sets September sentencing date for Bill Cosby after conviction

Judge sets September sentencing date for Bill Cosby after conviction Photo: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Bill Cosby will learn in September whether he is going to jail.

On Tuesday, Judge Steven O'Neill issued an order scheduling the comedian's sentencing for Sept. 24 and 25.

Cosby remains free on a $1 million bond after his April 26 conviction on all three counts of indecent sexual assault. He has been subject to GPS monitoring, needs permission to leave his Philadelphia-area home and is only permitted to visit his lawyers or doctors.

Why will it take two days to tell him his fate? Victim-impact statements alone could take hours, given the number of women who've accused him. (Think of the sentencing of disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, where more than 150 women told him how his decades of molesting athletes had personally affected them.) 

Pennsylvania statues also permit Cosby to make a statement on his own behalf, though it's not clear he would. He opted not to testify at either of his trials.

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