June 24, 2020
Bill Cosby has been granted an appeal by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The legendary actor will be allowed to contend his conviction as well as some testimonies used during his 2015 trial.
A Supreme Court in Pennysylvania has revealed that actor Bill Cosby will be allowed to appeal his sexual assault convictions.
The court stated that arguments would be heard on whether it was appropriate for prosecution witnesses to claim that Cosby had drugged them.
It would also be determined if the statements made by the defendant, during a civil lawsuit, should have been admitted against Cosby in criminal court.
The new development comes about six months after a panel of three judges rejected Cosby's appeal to the lower Superior Court while also upholding his conviction.
However, by January, Cosby's lawyer filed a petition against the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court to have the decision reviewed. The petition included highlights of some issues where the panel had made mistakes in support of the judge's decision.
Cosby's new chance at appeal gives his lawyers a chance at challenging his conviction. It will also allow them to contend the decision to admit the testimony of the "prior bad acts," which experts believe to have been the highlight of Cosby's Trial.
Before Cosby's trial in 2015, former district attorney Bruce Castor promised Cosby he would not file criminal charges against him if the former show host testified in a lawsuit filed by a Ms "Constand Case."
Cosby went along with the agreement and testified in a four-day deposition by Constand's attorney, and the case was eventually settled for $3 million.
However, during the 2015 trial, Prosecutor Kevin R. Steele brought up the criminal charges against Cosby after succeeding Castor, and all of these allegedly influenced Cosby's conviction.