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Cosby Gets 'Long-Sought Chance' to Overturn Conviction

Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider his appeal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He's serving a three- to 10-year sentence. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the move gives Cosby "a long-sought chance to seek to overturn his conviction."

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The AP reports the state Supreme Court has agreed to review two aspects of the case that Cosby's lawyers challenged on appeal. The first involves the judge's decision to let prosecutors call five other accusers and introduce evidence that Cosby had given quaaludes to women in the past. And the court will examine Cosby's argument that he had an agreement with a former prosecutor that he'd never be charged in the case. Cosby says he relied on that agreement before agreeing to testify in the trial accuser's civil lawsuit.

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