Bill Cosby is getting another chance 6 months after his appeal request was denied.
CBS Philadelphia reports that the Supreme Court is giving him a chance to appeal his 2018 sexual assault conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004.
In December, the 82-year-old’s legal team argued that the five additional witnesses shouldn’t have been allowed to testify in the 2018 trial because of “prior bad acts.”
CBS Philly adds:
The Supreme Court agreed to review several aspects of the 2018 trial, including whether the jury should have heard Cosby’s own testimony about the use of quaaludes as it stemmed from a separate civil case where Cosby’s lawyers have argued their client was promised criminal immunity.
The state’s highest court will also consider whether the testimony of five other accusers should have been allowed when Cosby was solely on trial for the drugging and sexual assault of Constand.
Constand took to Twitter to immediately address the appeal.
“While everyone deserves their cries and appeals to be heard, even convicted criminals, if anyone’s cries matter most right now, it’s the women who have lifted their voices and have selflessly put themselves in harm’s way, such as prior bad act witnesses in my case,” she tweeted.
“As we have all 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. We’re extremely thankful to our attorneys (Brain Perry, Jennifer Bonjean & Barbara Zemlock) for their tenacious efforts in fighting for the vindication of Mr. Cosby,” Cosby’s legal team released in their own statement.
Bill Cosby already served two years of his 3 to 10 year prison sentence.