Comedian Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Your Content has learned.
The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He’s serving a three- to 10-year sentence.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the case that Cosby’s lawyers challenged on appeal. The first involves the judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers and introduce evidence that Cosby had given quaaludes to women in the past.
However, during the trial witnesses testified that quaaludes were not present during many of the events, confusing them with Benadryl. What’s more, one of the witnesses confirmed she was a quaalude dealer.
And the court will examine Cosby’s argument that he had an agreement with a former prosecutor that he’d never be charged in the case. Cosby says he relied on that agreement before agreeing to testify in the trial accuser’s civil lawsuit.
We broke the story … sources at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections said the comedian likely won’t be granted any early release due to unique conditions surrounding his case.
“Based on the criteria exempting sex offenders and knowing his highly publicized case he would not qualify,” a Department of Corrections spokesperson told Your Content.
SCI Phoenix, which opened in 2018, has special isolation rooms in its infirmary to handle such cases. Officials previously told Your Content staff and inmates have been provided with appropriate personal protective equipment and are instructed to wear them on the impacted housing unit.
“Bill Cosby is no danger to society. The real rot comes of the schadenfreude of bitter harpies who’d rather see an old man die in prison than release him,” prominent Connecticut-based criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis told Your Content. “Shame on the Department of Corrections.”
“I am glad that Bill Cosby does not appear to qualify for release under Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order for release of certain incarcerated inmates, because of the spread of COVID-19 to certain correctional facilities.” Gloria Allred previously old Your Content.
“Mr. Cosby is a convicted felon who has been classified as a sexually violent predator and who is required to register as a sex offender. I think that if he were to be released there is a strong argument that he could be considered as a potential risk to the health and safety of women in that state.
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