Tuesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted Bill Cosby the right to an appeal in his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
The Supreme Court has agreed to review at least two aspects of the conviction the Cosby’s attorneys are challenging. Cosby has pent nearly two years incarcerated of his three to ten year sentence for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand back in 2004.
“We are extremely thankful to the State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania for agreeing to review Mr. Cosby’s appeal. America and the world is witnessing the 23rd day of protests regarding the abuse and murder of black people, not just at the hands of corrupt police officers; but these extremely vital and important protests are exposing the corruption that lies within the criminal justice system,” spokesman Andrew Wyatt said, calling out “district attorneys” and “judges”.
“As we all have stated, 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,” Wyatt continued, thanking the actor’s attorneys “for their tenacious efforts in fighting for the vindication of Mr. Cosby.”
The main aspect of the case that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will re-examine is the judge’s decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers as bad act witnesses. The women made allegations of uncharged pervious misconduct involving Mr. Cosby alleging sexual contact claiming that he sedated them with Quaaludes. Mr.Cosby’s attorneys have laid out issues including the fact that the claims are “unduly prejudicial” and are “not actually probative of the crimes” for which he was on trial.
The Supreme Court will also review Cosby’s assertion that he had a deal with former Montgomery County’s District Attorney that he would never be charged in the case. Bill Cosby claims there was an agreement reached in order for him to testify in the accuser’s civil lawsuit, which was also allowed at trial. Cosby’s lawyers argue that his constitutional rights were forfeited against self-incrimination and later used against him.
In 2006 Constand sued Cosby and won a civil settlement. In 2019 she settled a defamation lawsuit against a former Pennsylvania district attorney who did not prosecute Bill Cosby in 2005 after being accused of sexually assaulting her in his home just outside of Philadelphia.
Tuesday Constant made a statement in hopes the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will “do the right thing and not allow Cosby’s wealth, fame and fortune to win an escape from his maleficent, malignant and downright criminal past and seek justice at all costs.”