Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby’s legal team is hoping to secure a new trial after his conviction for sexual assault.
According to Page Six, a statement from attorneys cites at least 11 “errors” they say the Pennsylvania judge in Cosby’s case made during a retrial earlier this year.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Cosby was sentenced to between three years and a decade behind bars for the assault following an initial trial that ended with a hung jury. He is currently being housed in a single-occupancy cell at the SCI Phoenix Prison.
Writing about the behavior of Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill, the lawyers argued that he should not have allowed the testimony of five women other than Andrea Constand, the victim in the case, who said they were also abused by Cosby.
“The trial court abused its discretion, erred and infringed on Mr. Cosby’s constitutional rights to Due Process of Law under the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in admitting five prior ‘bad act witnesses,” the statement reads.
Following the release of the request, prosecutors in the case have a 30-day period in which to craft their response.
At that time, the Superior Court will have the option to look deeper into the circumstances of the trial.
Reports indicate that Pennsylvania law allows judges to approve witnesses in an effort to show an alleged pattern of criminal behavior. But Cosby’s lawyers argued that the five witnesses called in his trial were “too dissimilar” and “too remote in time” to be relevant to the case presented.
[Featured image: Bill Cosby, mugshot handout]