Bill Cosby’s Appeal Accepted By Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Camille Cosby Attacks #MeToo Movement
Cosby, who is currently serving three to 10 years in state prison, had his appeal rejected in full previously by an appellate court, but the Supreme Court issued a one-page order stating that it will review the court’s decision. Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt told USA Today that Cosby is “extremely thankful.”
He said, “As we have all stated, the false conviction of Bill Cosby is so much bigger than him — it’s about the destruction of ALL Black people and people of color in America. We’re extremely thankful to our attorneys for their tenacious efforts in fighting for the vindication of Mr. Cosby.”
Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, revealed her reaction of the accepted appeal to ABC News Live, “That is the goal. Finally, there’s a court, the state’s highest court, that says, ‘Wait a minute there are some problems here. This can be considered for an appeal.’ The #MeToo movement, and movements like them, have intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women” who have “accused Black males of sexual assault without any proof whatsoever. They need to clean up their acts.”
She added “We know how women can lie.” She explained that the woman who made the sexual assault charges against Cosby “have not ever, none of them, presented any proof. And I think that says a lot.”
Cosby had two trials. The first in June 2017 ended in a mistrial after the jury could not come to a conclusion and the second was in April 2018 where the jury convicted Cosby on three accounts of aggravated sexual assault of Andrea Constand in his home in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
The appeal is based on the fact that in his first trial the trial judge Steven O’Neil allowed only one prior bad acts accuser to testify and in the second he allowed five. This could have potentially caused Cosby to make self-incriminating statements, which would be in violation of his constitutional rights.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who had prosecuted Cosby in both trials responded to the news of the appeal by saying, “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has narrowed the issues on appeal, limiting them to prior bad acts and the sovereign edict. We look forward to briefing and arguing these issues and remain confident in the Trial Court and Superior Court’s previous decisions.”