Bill Cosby files appeal over testimony from 5 other women

Jim Melwert
June 25, 2019 - 4:15 pm

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections/Jim Melwert

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bill Cosby has filed an appeal of his sex assault conviction in Montgomery County in hopes of getting a new trial. 

In his 175-page appeal to Pennsylvania Superior Court, Bill Cosby says the Montgomery County judge that oversaw his trial on sex assault charges erred by allowing five other women to testify.

Cosby’s lawyers argue, contrary to what the trial judge wrote, the other women’s claims are not “nearly identical” and they therefore do not show a pattern of conduct. 

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It also says the jury never should have heard excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave in 2005 and 2006, in part arguing Cosby's distribution of Quaaludes to women in the 1970s had no relevance to the issue at trial.

Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, says this filing is an important step in ensuring that Cosby receives a hearing from a fair and impartial court. 

Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence as he was convicted last year of drugging and molesting a Temple University basketball employee at his Elkins Park home in 2004.