Bill Cosby is determined to get out of jail.
The actor’s defense team has filed a new appeal in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, claiming he did not receive a fair trial.
According to Fox News, Cosby’s legal team believes the jury was unfairly prejudiced against him since five alleged victims were allowed to testify, even though he was never charged in connection with the claims.
Cosby, 83, has been in jail for nearly two years since a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. The comedian was given a three to ten-year bid.
Now, in new docs, Cosby’s legal team has challenged the decision to allow past accusers testify about events that date as far back as the 1970s, calling the move “unduly remote,” adding that it lacked “any striking similarities or close factual nexus to the conduct for which petitioner was on trial.”
They also seek to throw out a past deposition used in court, in which Cosby admitted to the use of sedatives. Attorneys argue that Cosby was told he wouldn’t be prosecuted for the deposition.
“Petitioner reasonably relied upon those oral and written statements by providing deposition testimony in the civil action, thus forfeiting his constitutional right against self-incrimination,” the newly filed court docs read.
The supreme court has already announced that it will review the two areas covered by the appeal. These issues have been the core of Cosby’s case since it was presented in December 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations was set to expire. Prosecutors in Montgomery County had reopened the case after the Associated Press fought to unseal portions of Cosby’s old deposition testimony from the case brought on by accuser Andrea Constand, who claimed she was sexually assaulted and also filed a defamation claim in 2006.
As a result, dozens of accusers united to come forward with similar claims against Cosby. Still, only one was allowed to testify at Cosby’s first 2017 trial, which resulted in an acquittal.
But due to the #MeToo movement that took off a year before against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a judge saw fit to allow five accusers to give their testimony at Cosby’s retrial. He was convicted of all three counts of felony sex assault counts.