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Cosby Wants to Be Released on Bail, Rips Into Judge

He files application for bail pending appeal
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2019 12:48 PM CDT
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 reportedly said it's "amazing" behind bars, but he wants out. Lawyers for the 81-year-old on Wednesday filed an application for bail while he appeals his conviction. An official statement posted to Cosby's Instagram account rips into Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill. In order to move forward with their appeals, Cosby's lawyers need O'Neill's post-trial opinion in the sex-assault case. The AP reports there is no deadline attached to such an opinion and more involved cases can see months pass before one is issued. But it has been seven months since Cosby's case wrapped up, and Cosby's team says O'Neill is "purposely denying Mr. Cosby his right to file his Appeal."

The statement continues: "We’re asking that this scandalous judge be removed immediately, and Mr. Cosby be granted bail throughout the appeals process, because the judge’s racial hatred towards Mr. Cosby, clouds his better judgement to be a good steward of the bench." Cosby himself weighed in, with the statement quoting him as saying O'Neill's "dishonorable conduct makes me smile, because this judge is being exposed, and it shows that this is bigger than me, [Bill Cosby]. O’Neill now has his formula: tried, true and tested to destroy Any Black Man and/or Colored Man In America. I’m just so happy, because this guy is proving my innocence. And guess what else. America is finally getting to witness the truth." The judge's office says he won't comment.

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