"Chilling similarities" in Cosby accusers' testimony, judge says

The pass judgement on who presided over Invoice Cosby’s legal case stated he let 5 different accusers testify on the sex-assault trial as a result of their accounts had “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime. A Pennsylvania jury final yr convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, after listening to from her and 5 others. 

Cosby, 81, is interesting his conviction in accordance with the ladies’s testimony and different key rulings by way of 1st viscount montgomery of alamein County Pass judgement on Stephen O’Neill. Prosecutors used the testimony of the ladies, whose allegations were not incorporated within the legal indictment, in an try to identify a development of prior misconduct.

Cosby started serving a three- to 10-year jail time period in September at a state jail close to Philadelphia.

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Cosby’s legal professionals have cited what they imagine to be 11 mistakes made by way of O’Neill, together with permitting the testimony of 5 ladies, whose allegations they stated have been too far off in time and too dissimilar from Constand’s account to be allowed at trial. However O’Neill, in a long opinion filed Tuesday, stated he discovered “chilling similarities” within the ladies’s descriptions in their encounters with the comic lengthy regarded as to be “The us’s Dad.” 

“The defendant’s movements have been so unique as to turn into a signature.The hanging similarities between the attacks weren’t confined to insignificant main points,” the pass judgement on wrote. “In every example, (he) met a considerably more youthful lady, won her accept as true with, invited her to a spot the place he used to be on my own along with her, equipped her with a drink or drug, and sexually assaulted her as soon as she used to be rendered incapacitated.”

Each and every lady, the pass judgement on stated, used to be considerably more youthful than Cosby and bodily have compatibility. O’Neill stated Cosby initiated touch with the ladies basically thru their employment and that the majority believed Cosby sincerely wanted to mentor them previous to the attacks, all over which they got an intoxicant whilst in a spot Cosby managed. Each and every used to be incapable of consent once they have been assaulted, the pass judgement on stated.

O’Neill famous that prosecutors requested to name 19 witnesses, however he allowed most effective 5 to mitigate any prejudicial impact towards Cosby.

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Andrea Constand arrives on the sentencing listening to for the sexual attack trial of Invoice Cosby on the 1st viscount montgomery of alamein County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. 

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Cosby used to be retried in April 2018, months after the #MeToo motion burst into view with sexual attack accusations towards manufacturer Harvey Weinstein and different tough males in Hollywood and past. Prosecutors within the legal case towards Weinstein in New York have additionally requested a pass judgement on to permit ladies who aren’t incorporated within the legal indictment to testify about uncharged allegations towards the film manufacturer at his September trial. Weinstein prosecutors can also be making an attempt to ascertain a development of conduct, on the other hand, hearings and motions associated with the request had been sealed, so their technique stays unclear. Weinstein has pleaded no longer in charge.

O’Neill had allowed only one different accuser to testify at Cosby’s first trial in June 2017, when a jury impasse led to a mistrial. Within the ruling Tuesday, O’Neill stated the brand new protection crew that treated Cosby’s retrial by no means without delay challenged him at the distinction in his two trial rulings in regards to the different accusers’ testimony. At any fee, he stated, judges aren’t sure by way of their prior choices.

The protection, in outlining their attraction problems, have additionally argued that Cosby had a binding settlement with a former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, that he would by no means be charged within the case. O’Neill once more rejected the declare Tuesday, discovering the signed press unencumber from Castor — used to strengthen the declare — falls in need of an immunity settlement.

Castor had investigated Constand’s grievance for approximately a month in 2005 prior to deciding to not deliver a case, wondering why she waited a yr to touch police. Ahead of the yr used to be out, 13 different accusers had come ahead to reinforce the lawsuit Constand filed towards Cosby. He settled the case for $three.four million.

When Cosby’s deposition testimony from the lawsuit become public in 2015, and the legal case used to be reopened, Castor for the primary time instructed his successor in regards to the intended “non-prosecution” settlement. He forwarded their correspondence to Cosby’s protection attorney and testified as a protection witness at a 2016 listening to, O’Neill famous.

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Invoice Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson walks thru 1st viscount montgomery of alamein County Courthouse all over a ruin in Cosby’s sexual attack retrial on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. 

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O’Neill additionally rejected protection efforts to have him step down from the case as a result of his alleged bias, and defined the four-year prison procedure that led as much as Cosby’s conviction and sentencing. Cosby’s legal professionals additionally claimed that O’Neill erred by way of permitting Cosby’s civil deposition testimony to be heard at trial and by way of designating Cosby a sexually violent predator, however O’Neill additionally pushed aside the ones arguments.

Cosby’s newest crew of legal professionals has been expecting the opinion so they are able to continue with the attraction in Pennsylvania courts. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, in a commentary, stated “O’Neill has a routine dependancy of all the time looking to duvet his many mistakes, which continues to turn his hatred against Mr. Cosby.”

In a commentary launched Wednesday, Cosby’s spouse Camille Cosby, who has when compared her husband to black males who’ve been handled unfairly by way of the justice gadget, blasted the pass judgement on’s opinion and media protection of the case. 

“My husband has been significantly redefined by way of Pass judgement on O’Neill, in spite of having 0 evidence. Pass judgement on O’Neill, with quite a lot of assist from the media, has attempted to show Invoice Cosby into one of the vital insidious stereotypes of African American males…the brutal, black greenback,” the commentary stated.

Invoice Cosby additionally launched a commentary announcing he stands “firmly with my spouse at the basis of team spirit and reality.”

“She’s no longer scared of this unethical pass judgement on, nor am I scared of O’Neill’s grossly immoral techniques,” Cosby stated.

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