Monday 20 May 2019

Lawyers for Bill Cosby hit out at judge as they seek bail while he appeals

The veteran comedian is serving a prison sentence for sex assault.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing (Matt Slocum/AP)
Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing (Matt Slocum/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Imprisoned actor Bill Cosby has renewed attacks on a Pennsylvania trial judge as he again seeks bail while he appeals against his sex-assault conviction.

Lawyers for the 81-year-old Cosby filed a bail motion with the state Superior Court.

They complain that Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill has not issued a post-trial opinion explaining key trial decisions in the seven months since Cosby’s conviction.

The defence needs the opinion to pursue Cosby’s appeals.

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Bill Cosby is seeking bail (Matt Rourke/AP)

There is no deadline for judges to file their opinions, and some spend many months on them in complex cases.

The motion accuses Mr O’Neill of harbouring a personal grudge against a defence witness.

Mr O’Neill’s office says he will not have a comment on the motion.

Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman in 2004.

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