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Cosby Case Appeal Headed to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will be reviewing Bill Cosby's 2018 sexual assault conviction. Earlier this year, the actor's lawyers filed an appeal, arguing that five women should not have been allowed to give evidence at his trial as witnesses. The court is clarifying at which point accusers can testify against a defendant. According to the Defender Association of Philadelphia, "Courts repeatedly fail to analyze how uncharged misconduct is relevant to prove, for example, intent or identity."

The Prosecution Responds 

On Monday, prosecutors filed a brief in response to the Defender Association of Philadelphia, justifying Cosby's accusers' testimony. The accounts point out the 83-year-old's pattern of sexual misconduct and show that the sexual assault conviction 15 years ago was not a one-time mistake.

In a response to Cosby’s appeal, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office responded that "It is unusual, to say the least, that defendant has been repeatedly ... accused of engaging in sexual conduct with unconscious or otherwise incapacitated young women ... without any consequences."

In 2018 Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion. Later on, over 60 women claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Cosby. However, since the statute of limitations had expired in the other cases, the actor was tried criminally only for Constand's assault.

The judge from Pennsylvania sentenced Cosby to a minimum of three and a half years in prison on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. After serving two years of his sentence, the actor can ask for parole.

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