Cosby judge weighs hearing on ‘predator’ status

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (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.