Posted 2:29 p.m. ET October 23, 2018 |
The legal team of Bill Cosby is preparing a long-term offer to cancel his conviction for sexual assault. They are also fighting against civil suits filed by some accusers who threaten to exhaust their vast fortune. (September 27th)
NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby's trial judge is rejecting the plaintiff's offer for a new trial or sentencing hearing and is ordering him to file any appeal with the state Superior Court.
Cosby is serving a sentence of three to ten years in state prison after a jury earlier this year convicted him of drugging and sexually abusing a woman in his home in 2004.
Montgomery County Judge Steven O & Neil says he did a "thorough review" of the post-Cosby trial motion that describes the alleged errors of the trial and the response of prosecutors. O'Neill did not attach an opinion to the order filed Tuesday.
Cosby's lawyers say the sentence is unnecessarily harsh and say the time limit for filing the charges could have been executed before Cosby was arrested in 2015.
The 81-year-old actor is serving time in a state prison near Philadelphia.
His wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, who is leading the effort to eliminate O & # 39; Neill from the case by describing it as partial and unethical, issued a statement after the ruling stated that it further showed the "bias "that the judge supposedly has. towards cosby.
Cosby's explanation of why he wants a new judge, a new trial and bail in the meantime involves a contoured narrative of a decades-old political rivalry involving O & # 39; Neill and former district attorney Bruce Castor, who refused to press charges against Cosby. In 2005 for lack of evidence.
Cosby's defense team filed a petition with the state's appeals court Tuesday seeking another review of Cosby's trial and sentencing, attaching Castor's affidavit in which the former district attorney testified that Cosby did not have a trial just because of O "Neill's alleged animosity towards Castor, who testified for the defense.
"I think that what happened to William Cosby should never happen to any American citizen in any US court," Castor said in the affidavit.
Camille Cosby said Beaver's affidavit reveals O & # 39; Neill's "unethical" behavior and its effect on the two Cosby trials.
"… The world will now know the truth," his statement said. "I (offer the affidavit) with the permanent belief that the truth is more powerful than a corrupt judge and that my husband will once again be free."
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