Bill Cosby's lawyers to argue he deserves a new trial

Jim Melwert
August 11, 2019 - 5:36 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Bill Cosby’s lawyers will be in court Monday in Harrisburg, arguing the 82-year-old should be given a new trial. 

Each side will get 15 minutes to state their case before a panel of three Superior Court judges.

Both sides have filed hundreds of pages outlining their arguments. 

Cosby’s lawyers argue in part, the trial judge stripped Cosby of his presumption of innocence by letting five other accusers testify at his trial. In his review of the case, Judge Steven O’Neill wrote the women were allowed to testify, because of what he called “chilling similarities” that he says “were so distinctive to become a signature.”

Cosby’s lawyers also say excerpts from a deposition he gave in 2005 and 2006 should not have been shown to the jury, arguing Cosby's distribution of Quaaludes to women in the 1970s had no relevance to the issue at trial.

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But the judge writes Cosby’s own words in describing his use of the drugs gives a glimpse into his intent and motive.

There is no timetable for a decision from Superior Court.

Cosby was convicted of aggravate indecent assault in April 2018 and is just shy of one year into a three-to-10 year prison sentence.