The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a first-ever virtual proceeding with comedian Bill Cosby and his legal team, Your Content has learned.
If successful, the jailed comedian will be dubbed the first celebrity targeted by the #MeToo movement to clear their name and be released from prison, something Wyatt says will mark just the beginning of ‘clearing the television icon’s name.’
“This morning, people around the world witnessed a beautiful presentation by Attorney Jennifer Bonjean regarding two important issues — immunity & the misuse of a law called, 404 (b) or PBAs (Prior Bad Acts Witnesses).” Bill Cosby said in a statement Tuesday.
“This was not just an historic day for me, Bill Cosby, but it became a beacon of hope for those countless American Citizens of the Keystone State in Pennsylvania Correctional Facilities, whose constitutional rights might have been grossly abused because they lacked resources and means to fight prosecutorial corruption.
“I’m so happy because I hope and truly believe that justice will prevail. Thank you to the PA State Supreme Court for agreeing to hear and review my appeal; my wonderful wife, Camille; my family & friends; my millions of loyal supporters (social media & beyond); my legal team (Atty. Jennifer Bonjean, Atty. Barbara Zemlock, & Atty. Brian Perry); Debbie Meister & Kia Soto; and my publicist & crisis manger, Andrew Wyatt.”
As Your Content readers know, the Cos had a hearing before the Supreme Court Dec. 1.
Speaking on the comedian’s behalf, attorney Jennifer Bonjean revealed that the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office made a mockery of justice by “seeking to indict Mr Cosby’s entire life” and telling the jury, “that he could not be believed” because “he had done this so many times before.”
Cosby’s attorney argued jurors were ‘bombarded’ by irrelevant testimony that amounted to five ‘mini trials’ and admissions made by Cosby in two-decade old depositions given as part of a civil suit brought by accuser Andrea Constand and settled in 2006.
“Mr Cosby suffered unquantifiable prejudice where the prior bad acts evidence overwhelmed the trial and converted it from a trial of a specific offense to a trial of his character.”
Bill Cosby described the proceeding as ‘historic’ in a statement issued by the comedian following the conclusion Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing.
Describing the proceedings as “a beacon of hope,” and declared, ‘I’m so happy because I hope and truly believe that justice will prevail.”
He went on to thank ‘his wonderful wife, Camille,’ family, friends, legal team, publicist and crisis manager Andrew Wyatt and ‘millions of loyal supporters’ for standing by him.
As Your Content readers know, the comic was granted leave to appeal his conviction for in June, when Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court sensationally overturned an earlier denial by the state’s Superior Court.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the disgraced actor’s case. The seven judges will review Montgomery County Judge Steven T O’Neill’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers to testify about long-ago encounters that never resulted in charges.
And they will review his decision to allow the jury to hear unsubstantiated testimony from two-decade old depositions taken out of context at trial.
Judge Steven O’Neill has never explained why he allowed five women to testify in the second Cosby trial after allowing only one to do so at his first trial in 2017.
But when it came to the Commonwealth’s rebuttal of the defense’s points of appeal attorney—Adrianne Jappe did not get through her opening comments before the judges began interrupting and interrogating her on the relevance of the five prior bad acts witnesses.
Justice Dougherty pointed out that one of the women – Lise-Lotte Lublin – had ‘no actual recollection of sexual contact’ but merely of losing consciousness.
Jappe angered members of the court after instructing them not ‘to consider’ statistics in their decision making, according to an aide of one of the honorable justices.
Your Content exclusively revealed on Oct. 22 that Police in Arizona are stunned after a Pennsylvania prosecutor accommodated a fugitive prostitute to testify against the comedian in 2018.
Cosby, 83, has spent the past two years in a prison outside of Philadelphia after a jury convicted him in 2018 of three aggravated indecent assault counts—and the court deemed the elderly inmate a ‘sexually violent predator’ for posing an ‘imminent safety risk to women.’
As Your Content readers know, Judge Steven O’Neill assigned himself the privilege of presiding over the Cosby trial.
Cosby has an estimated fortune of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has made his fortune through numerous endorsements including Jell-O, Coca-Cola and Ford – and dominating TV in the 1980s with The Cosby Show.
Cosby’s syndication deal in 1988 also earned him a fortune. Rights to air The Cosby Show for three years were sold to Fox for $550 million.