Lawyers for Bill Cosby have officially filed an appeal of his sex assault conviction, claiming the trial judge himself is guilty of 11 legal flubs that should win the disgraced entertainer a new trial.
The list of “errors” includes the fact that Montgomery County Court Judge Steven O’Neill allowed additional accusers to take the stand against the sexual predator.
“The trial court abused its discretion, erred and infringed on Mr. Cosby’s constitutional rights to Due Process of Law under the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in admitting five prior ‘bad act witnesses,” Cosby’s lawyers write. The defense claims the allegations were “too remote in time” and “too dissimilar to the Constand allegations.”
Cosby is serving three to 10 years behind bars for the drugging and molestation of onetime friend Andrea Constand. In addition to Constand, Heidi Thomas, Janice Baker-Kinney, Chelan Lasha, Maud Lise Lotte Lublin and supermodel Janice Dickinson also testified that they had been drugged and sexually assaulted by the actor.
Prosecutors have 30 days to respond to the filing, after which the Superior Court will determine if it will examine the case.
Cosby has been locked up at the SCI Phoenix prison in Pennsylvania since September. He’s been given his own cell, though he’s eventually expected to join general population.
By Damilola Faustino
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