Bill Cosby's sentencing hearing, held September 24th, is striking cords on the current debate in Pennsylvania over the legality of the public registry. The defense will open arguments with his sexual offender evaluation and whether or nor Mr. Cosby will be labeled as a "sexually violent predator". Cosby's defense lawyers argue that the current registry reporting requirements remain "unconstitutional". "It's the modern-day version of a scarlet letter," said lawyer Demetra Mehta, a former Philadelphia public defender. "This is going to probably be a very important case for sex-offender law when it's up on appeal," Mehta said. "It's an area of law that is just sort of unsettled right now. . There's a lot up on appeal, but there's not a lot decided."
The eyes of the national are watching this case just outside of Philadelphia. The notoriety of America's Dad on trial for sexual offenses brings much needed attention to the current laws, restrictions and legality of the public registry in Pennsylvania and nationwide.