Comedian Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
We’re extremely thankful to the State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for agreeing to review Mr. Cosby’s appeal, … The false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him — it’s about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America. We’re extremely thankful to our attorneys for their tenacious efforts in fighting for the vindication of Mr. Cosby.Attorneys for Bill CosbyBrain Perry, Jennifer Bonjean & Barbara Zemlock
Cosby has been imprisoned in Philadelphia for nearly 2 years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.
The appeal comes after Cosby petitioned the state’s high court in January to take up his case arguing his due process rights were violated amid “#MeToo hysteria.”
First, it will consider whether uncharged allegations of sexual misconduct and the use of quaaludes from five women should have been admitted as evidence. Just one such prior bad acts witness had been allowed to testify in Cosby’s first trial, which ended in a mistrial.
Second, it will look at the larger issue of whether Cosby should have been put on trial given his argument that he had a non-prosecution agreement with the sitting Montgomery County District Attorney when he agreed to give a deposition in Constand’s civil suit that eventually lead to these proceedings. The court will also consider whether that deposition testimony, in which he discussed giving women drugs for the purposes of sex, should have been admitted at trial since the comedian likely would have asserted his Fifth Amendment rights in the civil matter if he hadn’t felt protected by the DA’s assurances.
One thing is clear America will never look at Bill Cosby the same ever again, the loving father and Jell-O commercial eating, sweater-wearing perceptions are dead.