Bill Cosby: Pennsylvania Supreme Court pointedly questions use of prior bad acts witnesses in trial
Cosby, 83, is more than two years into a 3-to-10-year sentence at a prison outside Philadelphia for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at Cosby’s home in 2004.
The three assault charges in the case centered on Constand’s testimony. But at his criminal trial, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill allowed five other women, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, to testify as “prior bad act” witnesses who said that Cosby had similarly drugged them with the intent of assaulting them in previous incidents.
Cosby’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean argued Tuesday in the virtual hearing that these witnesses unfairly prejudiced the jury — and some judges suggested they agreed.
“I tend to agree that this evidence was extraordinarily prejudicial to your…