Bill Cosby requested a reduced sentence, and judge already had an answer ready
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Judge Steven T. O’Neill signed a ruling denying Bill Cosby the motion to “reconsider and modify” his sentence. The judge also refused the actor from getting a new trial.
Cosby’s lawyers filed the motion on October 5. They said their client had been harshly charged and wrongly convicted.
Judge Steven T. O’Neill has refused to overturn Bill Cosby’s 3 to 10-year prison sentence for sex assault. O’Neill had presided over the April criminal trial and the one where the actor was sentenced last month.
Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. In their appeal, his lawyers stated that the comedian was a blind old man who was not only sentenced too harshly but wrongly convicted.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. They said the O’Neill was “undervaluing the mitigating impact of age and disability and overestimating any present danger to the community.”
In turn, prosecutors pushed the court to deny the motion without any hearings. On Friday, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele filed opposition paperwork that read:
“This is a timeworn case, and defendant has had many days, months and years in this court.”
Steele further wrote:
“The claims he raises in his post-sentence motion do not warrant evidentiary development, several have already been rejected, and they are meritless. It is time to move on. It is time for the appellate courts to bring this case one step closer to finality.”
The judge also advised the actor’s lawyers to direct any further appeal efforts to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania within the next 30 days. Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the comedian would do that.
Wyatt said the actor filed an appellate petition on Tuesday and considered O’Neill’s ruling more evidence of his alleged “bias” in the case. The actor was convicted of giving Constand unknown medication and sexually assaulting her while she was incapacitated on a couch at his suburban Pennsylvania mansion.
After Cosby, 81, pleaded not guilty the judge allowed a few of the 60 women now accusing the comedian of sexual assault to testify as “prior bad act” witnesses. Two of his accusers attended the trial.
Linda Kirkpatrick, who didn't testify, said the actor had drugged and sexually assaulted her after a tennis tournament in 1981. This month she insisted that Cosby’s age and alleged blindness shouldn’t alter his sentence.
“My vision wasn’t considered at the time of my assault. I was rendered blind by the drugs he gave me.”
Cosby was well- known for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the “Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992. He is currently imprisoned at a state prison in Collegeville, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
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