Bill Cosby Wouldn't Survive COVID-19: Lawyer

But convicted sex offender is denied compassionate release
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2020 8:06 AM CDT
Bill Cosby Wouldn't Survive COVID-19: Lawyer
In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby is apparently hoping to be among the currently incarcerated set free amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports NBC News. The convicted sex offender's lawyer asked Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf for a compassionate release, saying that the 82-year-old has a litany of underlying medical issues that mean the virus would likely prove fatal should he contract it behind bars. "Mr. Cosby was not given a life sentence nor a death sentence," said lawyer Andrew Wyatt on Thursday. The possibility of Cosby contracting the virus is real: His prison, the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Collegeville, has reported a total of 35 inmates and staff who've tested positive, with one fatality. 6ABC reports that Cosby was denied release because he's considered a violent offender. (More Bill Cosby stories.)

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