Friday, April 27, 2018|2:15 p.m.
NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Expense Cosby’s group blasted his sexual-assault trial as a “public lynching” Friday and began expecting an appeal as the judge bought home arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and stated he would be equipped with a GPS ankle tracking gadget.
Cosby’s appeal seems certain to focus on the judge’s decision to let a parade of women affirm that they, too, were abused by the previous TELEVISION star.
Defense allegations of a prejudiced juror and the admission of Cosby’s explosive statement about drugs and sex are to name a few possible avenues of appeal as he tries to avoid a sentence that could keep him in jail for the rest of his days.
Cosby remains totally free on $1 million bail while he awaits sentencing, most likely within three months.
Judge Steven O’Neill stated Cosby would be confined to his suburban Philadelphia house in the meantime. The judge’s order, provided Friday afternoon, stated the comic may leave his house to meet with his attorneys or to get medical treatment, but need to get authorization first.
Cosby kept out of sight and was hanging out with his wife of 54 years, Camille, in the wake of his conviction Thursday on charges he drugged and molested Temple University females’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004.
Constand, meanwhile, required to Twitter to thank prosecutors in her first talk about the verdict.
“Reality prevails,” she wrote.
Cosby’s publicists compared the “Cosby Show” star to Emmett Till, the black teen who was abducted and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi supermarket in 1955. Constand is white.
“He keeps his innocence, and he is going to walk around as a man who’s innocent because he didn’t do anything incorrect,” Cosby representative Andrew Wyatt stated on ABC’s “Excellent Morning America.”
The conviction triggered more fallout for Cosby, whose profession and reputation were already wrecked by a barrage of allegations from more than 60 ladies who said he drugged and molested them over a period of 50 years.
Temple University, the Philadelphia school that counted Cosby as its most popular alum, withdrawed his honorary degree.
Cosby preserved close ties with Temple, functioning as its public face and often ending up to support its basketball teams– an interest that linked him with Constand.
The defense is most likely to focus its appeal on the judge’s decision to allow 5 extra accusers to affirm. That ruling was a victory for district attorneys excited to move the case beyond a he-said, she-said.
Among those ladies called Cosby a “serial rapist.” Another choked back tears as she asked, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?” A 3rd declared: “I was raped.”
The women’s testimony introduced a “huge quantity of bias and bias,” Cosby spokesperson Ebonee Benson stated on ABC.
Attorneys not gotten in touch with the case stated the defense has a strong argument.
“I believe that his lawyers have an extremely real possibility at reversing the decision,” said Christopher Adams, a defense lawyer whose customers have included previous NBA star Jayson Williams.
He said the judge’s decision to allow the “prior bad acts” testament could have polluted the jury.
“It’s one thing if they took a look at a couple of, but 5? He wasn’t charged with being a serial attacker,” Adams said.
Previous federal district attorney David Axelrod, now in private practice in Philadelphia, also stated Cosby’s group has a shot at convincing an appeals court that the judge went too far.
Typically, statement about a defendant’s previous misbehavior is admissible only under specific scenarios– for example, if it shows intention or intent.
Just one other accuser was permitted to testify at Cosby’s very first trial, which ended in a hung jury in 2015.
The Cosby camp also grumbled about a juror who apparently stated prior to the trial that he thought the comedian was guilty. Cosby’s lawyers attempted unsuccessfully to have the guy gotten rid of.
The defense is also anticipated to raise on appeal O’Neill’s ruling that enabled jurors to hear parts of a deposition Cosby gave over a years ago as part of Constand’s lawsuit versus him. In the deposition, the TELEVISION star acknowledged acquiring quaaludes in the 1970s to offer to females he wished to make love with.
How the jury arrived at its verdict remained a mystery. The judge did not right away reveal the names of the seven guys and five ladies, triggering The Associated Press and other news organizations to go to court Friday in a quote to get them launched.
The 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault carry up to 10 years in jail each, but the charges are most likely to be combined into one for sentencing purposes.
The AP does not generally identify individuals who state they are victims of sexual attack unless they approve permission, as Constand has done.
De Groot reported from Philadelphia.