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Cosby Goes After Judge in Appeals Filing

Lawyers for disgraced comedian outline nearly a dozen issues with his trial
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 8:03 AM CST
In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – Bill Cosby's attorneys have been hard at work trying to overturn his sexual assault conviction, and their latest move in the appeals process spells out why they think their client should be freed—as well as temporarily freed while he's waiting on more permanent liberation. Per the AP and Reuters, lawyers for the disgraced comedian filed an eight-page appeals blueprint Tuesday that cites 11 alleged errors that took place during his trial, many revolving around Judge Steven O'Neill.

Those supposed mistakes include O'Neill having a feud with a pretrial witness, not excusing an allegedly biased juror, and allowing five other Cosby accusers to testify; the Inquirer has more on the other issues raised in the filing. While Cosby's team waits for Pennsylvania's Superior Court to rule on those, it has asked the state's Supreme Court to let the 81-year-old out of prison during the appeals process. As of now, Cosby is slated to serve three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. (Cosby ruined a Christmas classic, says the songwriter's daughter.)

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