Legal professionals for Invoice Cosby on Thursday requested the Supreme Courtroom of Pennsylvania to listen to his attraction of his 2018 sexual assault conviction, a month after a decrease court docket rejected their argument that the disgraced comic didn’t get a good trial.
Cosby, who performed a beloved father determine on the 1980s TV hit The Cosby Present, had been discovered responsible of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple College administrator, at his Philadelphia dwelling in 2004.
With the decision, Cosby turned the primary celeb to be convicted within the #MeToo period.
The Pennsylvania court docket is just not obligated to take up the attraction, a replica of which was supplied by Cosby’s spokesman.
Within the petition, his attorneys argue that Cosby was unfairly convicted by a jury after a decide allowed a number of girls, along with Constand, to testify that Cosby had sexually assaulted them as effectively.
“The trial court docket’s overriding concern ought to have been to make sure a good continuing on the only charged offence for which Mr. Cosby was standing trial — to not present a platform to any and all accusers who belatedly needed their day in court docket,” Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt wrote in an emailed assertion.
A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania supreme court docket couldn’t instantly verify that Cosby had requested an attraction. It was not instantly clear when the court docket would decide on whether or not it’ll hear Cosby’s attraction.
Cosby’s newest attraction comes days after a rape trial for former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein opened in New York.
A wave of sexual abuse accusations towards Weinstein helped encourage girls throughout the USA to go public with misconduct allegations towards different highly effective males, an outpouring that has turned referred to as the #MeToo motion
Prosecutors introduced the costs involving Constand on Dec. 30, 2016, days earlier than the statute of limitations was set to expire.
A primary trial ended with a deadlocked jury, however Cosby was discovered responsible throughout a second 2018 trial after a decide allowed testimony from 5 different girls who additionally accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
They have been amongst some 50 girls who accused Cosby, now 82, of sexual assaults going again a long time, although all of the accusations however Constand’s have been too outdated to prosecute. Cosby has steadfastly denied the accusations, insisting all of the encounters have been consensual.
He’s serving a three-to-10-year jail sentence.