More Bad News for Bill Cosby

Judge rejects his bid for a new trial, sentencing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2018 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2018 6:55 AM CDT
More Bad News for Bill Cosby
In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby departs after a sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

(Newser) – A judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's bid for a new trial or sentencing hearing, leading the comedian's wife, Camille, to again accuse the judge of bias against her husband. The ruling by the same judge that presided over Cosby's trial also led the entertainer's lawyers to file their appeal with the state Superior Court, the next step in trying to reverse his felony sex assault conviction, the AP reports. Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year state prison term after a jury this year found he drugged and molested Andrea Constand in 2004. Camille Cosby continued to issue searing attacks against Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill, as she has done since the first trial ended in a jury deadlock in June 2017. In the latest missive Tuesday, she again said he should have stepped down from the case because his wife has advocated for sex assault victims. O'Neill has heard the argument before and said his wife's work has no bearing on his legal rulings.

The defense wants the legally blind, 81-year-old actor released on bail while he appeals over alleged trial errors. Cosby, in the meantime, is living in a single cell near the infirmary at the State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia and has access to a day room, where he can watch television or eat meals, a state prisons spokeswoman said. For now, he is the only person using that day room, spokeswoman Amy Worden said. Several inmates are assigned to help him with daily living tasks as part of their prison jobs, she said. Cosby has also had several visitors. "He's a high-profile inmate. You want to make sure that they're safe and acclimated," Worden said. The defense also renewed attacks on the judge Tuesday, alleging O'Neill's ruling was influenced by a long-ago feud with a key pretrial witness as well as challenging his decisions to let five other accusers testify; let the jury hear portions of Cosby's damaging deposition in the accuser's related lawsuit; and declare Cosby a sexually violent predator. (More on that long-ago feud here.)

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