Bill Cosby's mugshot after he was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison.

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Appeals court denies Bill Cosby's latest bid for bail

April 29, 2019 - 4:46 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court has denied Bill Cosby's latest request to leave prison on bail while he fights his sex-assault conviction.

Related: Cosby seeks bail to get out of prison pending appeal

Defense lawyers say the 81-year-old comedian is likely to have his conviction overturned because of trial errors.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says they aren't surprised by the Pennsylvania Superior Court order Monday denying last week's bail motion.

He says the filing was meant to point out that Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill hasn't issued a post-trial opinion the defense needs to pursue Cosby's appeal. They plan to challenge several trial rulings, including O'Neill's decision to let five other accusers testify at last year's trial.

Official Statement Re: Superior Court Denying Mr. Cosby’s Application For Bail Relief. We expected the Superior Court to deny Mr. Cosby the right to bail. However, our primary objective was to expose Judge Steve T. O’Neill for refusing to write his 1925(a) Opinion, which outlines why he felt strongly in sentencing Mr. Cosby to 3 to 10 years and felt obligated to place this 81 years old blind United States Citizen (who served his country in the United States Navy), in a level (5) maximum security prison (SCI Phoenix). We feel strongly that Judge O’Neill is delaying writing his 1925(a) Opinion, because he lacks the ability to give valid reasons on many of our appellate issues. Perhaps, three of the most influential appellate issues that Judge O’Neill fears and knows that will resonate with the appellate judges are: Judge O’Neill allowing the 404(b) distractors to offer testimony during Mr. Cosby’s trial, when it “only” involved the inconsistent accusations of Andrea Constand; Judge O’Neill allowing Mr. Cosby’s deposition to be inserted into the trial, when it was made clear by the appellate court, Mr. Cosby’s deposition should have never been unsealed by Judge Robreno; and the fact that Mr. Cosby was given a deal by former District Attorney, Bruce Castor, requesting that if Mr. Cosby waved his 5th Amendment Rights, and sit for a Civil Deposition that “no” prosecution will be brought against him. Therefore, we strongly feel that our Application for Bail Relief will force this egregious judge to do the right thing, write his 1925(a) Opinion, so that Mr. Cosby can move forward with his appeal. #FarFromFinished #FreeBillCosby

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Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. District Attorney Kevin Steele calls Cosby's bail motion "fraught with inaccuracies."

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