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Bill Cosby Loses Appeal Of Sexual Assault Conviction – NPR, Npr.org

Bill Cosby Loses Appeal Of Sexual Assault Conviction – NPR, Npr.org


      

            

    

    

        

                Bill Cosby has lost his appeal of a Pennsylvania court’s decision that led to a prison sentence of 3 – years. He’s seen here in a photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.                                                                           AP                                                      hide caption            

            

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Bill Cosby has lost his appeal of a Pennsylvania court’s decision that led to a prison sentence of 3 – years. He’s seen here in a photo provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

        

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Bill Cosby will remain in prison for sexual assault, after the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed his conviction for three counts of aggravated indecent assault Tuesday. Cosby is currently serving a sentence of 3 – years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in

A jury found Cosby guilty in April of 2019; he was sentenced in September of that year. During the trial, Constand, who was working for the women’s basketball team at Temple University when she met the famous entertainer, testified that while Cosby had initially been a mentor to her, he became a sexual predator who gave her drugs before assaulting her.

            

                  

                

          

       

More than 100 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. During the trial, the court heard from five witnesses – Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney, Janice Dickinson, and Maud Lise-Lotte Lublin – who said they had encounters with Cosby that were very similar to Constand’s, as they accused Cosby of drugging them and assaulting them. Cosby sought to overturn his conviction and prison sentence on a number of legal points, asking the Superior Court to review questions such as:

      Whether the lower court should have allowed the five women to testify;

        whether the complaint should have been dismissed based on a 2005 agreement with a prosecutor;if details from Cosby’s deposition about his possession and distribution of Quaaludes to women in the s should have been allowed; The Superior Court rejected Cosby’s assertions, laying out its reasoning in a94 – page opinion

          that backups the lower court’s handling of the case, from the decision to allow evidence of prior bad acts to the way the judge impaneled and instructed the jury.

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