Revealed 2:21 PM EDT Could perhaps 15, 2019
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille launched a scathing statement, rebuking Judge Steven O’Neill within the ongoing fight to attraction his felony conviction.
O’Neill, who presided over Cosby’s two sexual assault trials, wrote in a prolonged transient filed Tuesday that he let five masses of accusers testify at the 2018 trial because their accounts had “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.
Cosby began serving a 3- to 10-Twelve months penal advanced term in September at a recount penal advanced advance Philadelphia.
The Cosbys stood collectively of their denunciation of the judge.
Camille acknowledged within the statement, despatched to USA TODAY by Cosby’s spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, that the judge “tried to turn Bill Cosby into one in every of essentially the most insidious stereotypes of African American males.”
“Now, after better than 50 years of work, that humanized the dehumanized; which additionally challenged the perpetual architects of racist, exploitive and grasping maneuvers that have enabled them to divide and conquer … my husband has been severely redefined by Judge O’Neill, with out reference to having zero proof.”
“I stand firmly with my wife on the muse of team spirit and fact,” the disgraced actor/comedian added. “Camille has consistently been a heroic warrior towards corruption and bigotry. She’s no longer petrified of this unethical judge, nor am I petrified of O’Neill’s grossly immoral ways. Withhold struggling with…Dear…I Be pleased You Very, Very Noteworthy.”
Wyatt, in a statement, acknowledged O’Neill has a “behavior of consistently making an are attempting to camouflage his many errors, which continues to illustrate his hatred in direction of Mr. Cosby.”
The Cosbys have issued prior scathing statements, individually and jointly, on a few cases since the deluge of allegations of sexual misconduct towards Cosby began within the fall of 2014. Since his conviction, Cosby has attacked Judge O’Neill over and over, in most cases in venomous terms.
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Cosby is appealing his conviction on three counts of drugging and molesting a woman in his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004. He has argued in original filings that his attraction has been held up by O’Neill’s prolong in explaining his sentence as required by Pennsylvania law.
Now O’Neill has delivered his 143-web page transient, an intensive rejection of every individual in every of Cosby’s simply arguments that his trials were flawed, his conviction can also aloof be overturned and his sentence modified into as soon as unfair and he can also aloof be allowed out of penal advanced on bail.
One among the foremost appellate points in Cosby’s case is the variation between Cosby’s first trial, which resulted in a hung jury, and his 2nd, which resulted in his conviction.
In the foremost trial, O’Neill allowed one masses of accuser to testify about alleged “prior unfriendly acts” by Cosby that match a pattern of alleged habits. In the 2nd trial, he allowed five accusers to testify but did no longer demonstrate at the time why he modified his mind.
In his transient, O’Neill acknowledged the original protection team that handled Cosby’s 2nd trial by no manner straight challenged him on the variation in his rulings referring to the masses of accusers’ testimony. At any payment, he acknowledged, judges are no longer gallop by their prior decisions.
Contributing: Maria Puente, The Connected Press