The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed Tuesday that convicted sex offender Bill Cosby won’t be getting out of prison anytime soon, a decision the once beloved actor is not happy about.
‘This news of the Superior Court denying Mr. Cosby’s appeal is appalling and disappointing, but it shows the level of corruption that resides in the Judicial System of Pennsylvania,” The Cosby Show creator’s representatives said today as the judgment of sentence opinion (read it here) was revealed.
“We’re not shocked because it shows the world that this isn’t about justice, but this is a political scheme to destroy America’s Dad, however they will not stop us and we will prevail in the State Supreme Court,” the statement from Cosby’s team added of the three- to 10-year stint behind bars Cosby was sentenced to last year after being found guilty of raping Andrea Constand in 2004. “Mr. Cosby remains hopeful and he stands behind his innocence.” (Read the full statement below.)
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Having seen their latest, June-initiated move to get the conviction overturned, both Cosby and his wife Camille continued their relatively recent tactic of attacking the system in trying to change the conversation.
“When are we, the people of the United States of America, going to end the acceptance of overall corruptions?” said Camille Cosby in her own statement today as the legal road became even shorter for her much accused husband. “I can assure you that our personal battle against clear, racist, incestuous vindictiveness, within the Pennsylvania criminal justice systems, is not over. Reform is a soft word; the action word, ‘purging,’ is what needs to be done.”
Having gone through several sets of lawyers since he was first arrested in late 2015 for the assault of Constand, a former Temple University employee, the next move to take an appeal to the Keystone State’s Supreme Court could happened soon, I hear. However, as Cosby takes on the role of self-described “political prisoner” and jailhouse mentor as he has stated in recent interviews, the District Attorney who saw him put away turned the focus of today’s opinion to the victim.
“We are very pleased with today’s Superior Court decision affirming the jury’s guilty verdict and Judge O’Neill’s rulings on the law as well as the sentence in Commonwealth v. William Henry Cosby Jr.,” said Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele. “First and foremost, it is my hope that with this last guaranteed step in the criminal justice process now complete, the victim in this case, Andrea Constand, can finally put this assault behind her and move on with her life as the strong survivor she is. The world is forever changed because of Andrea’s bravery. With this decision, it has been affirmed that no one is above the law.”
Even as Cosby has admitted in depositions more than 10 years ago to giving Constand several Benadryl pills on the night of the alleged assault in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004, the actor has insisted unsuccessfully through various investigations, two trials and the sentencing hearing that the encounter was consensual.
Many of the more than 60 women also have claimed that Cosby drugged and assaulted them over the decades with a similar combo of pills and alcohol. Unlike many of those women, some of whom were among the onlookers at the two trials and the sentencing hearing a year ago, Cosby paid Constand millions in a once-confidential settlement about a decade before the criminal case was opened.
More recently. and to the actor’s displeasure, Cosby’s former insurance company AIG has been settling the civil cases of the like of former America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson. Calling AIG the “worst and egregious insurance company in America’s history,” unhappy representatives for Cosby proclaimed in July that “this is the third example in recent months of AIG robbing Mr. Cosby of the opportunity to clear his name in a court of law, where evidence and truthfulness are supposed to be elevated above headlines and gossip.”
There will be more headlines and more court rulings to come for Cosby, and a parole hearing too, at some point.
Here’s the statement from Cosby’s team:
This news of the Superior Court denying Mr. Cosby’s appeal is appalling and disappointing, but it shows the level of corruption that resides in the Judicial System of Pennsylvania. These panel of judges never took the time to review the facts of Mr. Cosby’s appeal. Mr. Cosby’s appeal outlined the bias of Judge Steve T. O’Neill; showed that the jurists were tainted by juror #11 who stated, “Mr. Cosby is guilty, let’s not waste a lot of time and find him guilty;” showed that the 404(b) witnesses should have never being allowed to offer testimony in Mr. Cosby’s trial because they had “no” similar interests with Andrea Constand; and most importantly, Mr. Cosby’s deposition should have never been considered at the trial. It’s obvious that these judges’ minds were made up because they didn’t take the time to dissect Mr. Cosby’s appeal. We’re not shocked because it shows the world that this isn’t about justice, but this is a political scheme to destroy America’s Dad, however they will not stop us and we will prevail in the State Supreme Court. Mr. Cosby remains hopeful and he stands behind his innocence.
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