Bill Cosby's Appeal against Sexual Assault Conviction Gets Rejected by Pennsylvania Court
A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby’s move to have his sexual assault conviction appealed. This comes on the heels of the disgraced actor’s first incarcerated interview.
Cosby was convicted on multiple counts of sexual assault in 2018, and in June of this year, his legal team filed an extensive appeal to have that conviction reexamined, CNN reported.
Six months later, according to the outlet, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has now rejected Cosby’s appeal after reviewing all eight decisions in which his legal team claims the trial court ruled incorrectly.
"They're not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don't care what group of people come along"
The eight decisions cited by Cosby’s legal team in their June appeal include that the trial court allowed five "prior bad acts" witnesses to testify and that it read the jury excerpts from Cosby's civil deposition in which he says he gave Quaaludes – a sedative-hypnotic drug – to women.
A panel of 3 appellate judges unanimously rejected Bill Cosby’s appeal of his 2018 sexual assault conviction, upholding a verdict that represents one of the most high-profile convictions of the #MeToo era https://t.co/vLAAihdrRQ— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 10, 2019
Cosby’s spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, has slammed the appeal court’s Tuesday decision, describing it as “appalling and disappointing.” “Mr. Cosby remains hopeful, and he stands behind his innocence,” he added.
In a statement released by Wyatt, Cosby’s wife, Camille, also said:
“I can assure you that our personal battle against clear, racist, incestuous vindictiveness, within the Pennsylvania criminal justice systems, is not over. ‘Reform’ is a soft word; the action word, ‘purging,’ is what needs to be done.”
Meanwhile, Constand, in a text message to the Associated Press on Tuesday, expressed her satisfaction with the court’s decision, saying: “This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law.”
In April 2018, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the 2004 drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand at his home. The comedian continues to claim innocence.
I wrote this when I interviewed Andrea Constand after Bill Cosby was convicted in her case. Today he was denied an appeal. “Reporter's notebook: Andrea Constand says she's found her peace” https://t.co/7QvPn4iVo9 via @nbcnews— Kate Snow (@tvkatesnow) December 10, 2019
During the trial that drew attention from all over the world, five other women came forward to testify that Cosby had incapacitated and assaulted them at various times in the past. Those women are the “prior bad acts” witnesses.
According to the Superior Court, Pennsylvania law allows the testimony of the “prior bad acts” witnesses if it shows Cosby had a “signature” pattern of drugging and molesting women.
Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison, which he is currently serving at the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Pennsylvania.
About two weeks ago, Cosby made it clear in his first interview from prison that he will not be displaying remorse anytime soon. The once-beloved actor known as "America's dad" made reference to his parole.
Speaking to BlackPressUSA.com, he said:
“When I come up for parole, they're not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don't care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren't there. They don't know.”
According to Daily Mail, Cosby can now put in an appeal at the state Supreme Court while he continues to serve out his sentence at SCI Phoenix.
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