Pennsylvania Supreme Court Agrees to Review Bill Cosby Conviction

Jim Melwert
June 23, 2020 - 11:56 am

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear Bill Cosby’s appeal of his 2018 sexual assault conviction.

The 82-year-old Cosby is about two years into a sentence of three to 10 years for aggravated indecent assault at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County.

The high court will take a look at two aspects of Cosby’s 2018 trial. 

The first is so-called “prior bad acts,” the judge’s decision to allow five other accusers to testify.

The court will also look at whether there was an agreement in place from a previous district attorney that Cosby would never be prosecuted if he agreed to sit for a deposition in the civil case.

However, the court refused a request to review whether a juror pre-judged the case based on comments he was alleged to have made to other jurors.

Former Montgomery County DA Bruce Castor claims that agreement, in his words, made accuser Andrea Constand a rich woman, because it prevented Cosby from invoking his constitutional right to remain silent. 

Prosecutors argued there is no record of any agreement because it never existed.

Cosby asked the state Supreme Court to take up his appeal when he lost in Superior Court.

In April 2018, the entertainer was convicted of drugging and molesting Constand at his Elkins Park home in 2004. He was sent to prison in September 2018.

Cosby’s spokesman says they are grateful to the court for agreeing to the review.

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