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    In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for his sentencing hearing at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. Prosecutors set to defend Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in appeals court Aug. 12, say the accusations from other women are no coincidence, but “the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior.” The 82-year-old comic actor is the first celebrity convicted and sent to prison in the #MeToo era. (AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE)

Published July 27. 2019 07:23AM

Prosecutors set to defend Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction in appeals court next month call the accusations from other women no coincidence, but “the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior.”

Cosby, a long-beloved actor and comedian, was convicted in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

He turned 82 this month while serving a three-to-10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. More than 50 women have accused him of similar conduct since trial accuser Andrea Constand went to police in 2005.

Cosby’s lawyers have raised a long list of alleged trial errors as they try to get last year’s verdict overturned. They include the judge’s decision to let five other accusers testify to bolster Constand’s account.

Montgomery County prosecutors, in a response filed late Thursday, said such testimony is permissible under Pennsylvania law when it demonstrates a “signature” crime.

“There was no coincidence here. To the contrary, defendant’s drug-facilitated sexual assault of Constand was the culmination of a decades-long pattern of behavior evidenced by his prior bad acts towards the five witnesses sufficiently ‘distinctive and so nearly identical as to become the signature of the same perpetrator,’” the prosecutors wrote, quoting from case law on the issue.

Arguments in Cosby’s appeal are set for Aug. 12 in Pennsylvania Superior Court in Harrisburg.

Constand, a former professional basketball player from the Toronto area, met Cosby through her job with the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where the long-married Cosby was a popular alumnus, trustee and basketball fan.

Cosby’s lawyers have called the criminal case flawed because of what they insist was a binding agreement with the county prosecutor in 2005 that he would never be charged because of insufficient evidence. He was arrested a decade later after a federal judge unsealed his damaging deposition in Constand’s 2005 civil suit. In it, Cosby acknowledged getting quaaludes in the 1970s to give to other women before sex.

After the deposition, he agreed to pay Constand about $3.4 million to settle the case.

The defense has also challenged Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision to let the jury hear that deposition testimony, and the references it contains to Cosby’s possession of quaaludes and other drugs. Cosby told police he gave Benadryl to Constand the night in question to ease her stress. She said she was falling in and out of consciousness when he digitally penetrated her.

Cosby and his lawyers insist the encounters with Constand and the other accusers were all consensual. Cosby was nearly 30 years older than them, on average, and had often promised to help them pursue entertainment careers, prosecutors noted in their filing.

Following the sexual revolution (sex, drugs, rock and roll), this wasn't outside the norm. Most would have gasped, but the fringe applauded and gave nods of approval. Bill Cosby was so well loved, a great emtertainer and so upright in appearance. The fringe is alive and well today, they're merely giving approving nods to more disgusting abominations. In time, the victims will surface, but again, it'll be after the damage is done. New age? You can have it. New Ways? Nothing New Under the Sun.
A libertarian sees a problem in what Cosby did? I do too, and my post is clear about that Joe.
Read Much?
You read to respond, not gain information. This is clear.
Read Much?
You want a list?
It would be a morphing list. The reporbates invent new ways to sin weekly.
Sin abounds Joe. Drag Queen Story Hour comes to mind.
Confuse the little ones... I guess?
I know I was confused back in the day. My confusion came from the enticement of the fringe. Some of my friends didn't survive it, I did. People were feeding their head. Just the way it was.
NORML started back then. I'm not giving the "Ace" a pass... no way! Stop putting words in my mouth Joe, I certainly don't give Cosby a pass. He, like the devil deceives. We admired this man...
but that's show biz.
Once again Joe you ignore facts and wrongly accuse Meyers of crimes and miscreant behavior through blatant misunderstandings. These blatant misunderstandings happen 100% of the time. This leads us to believe that your conduct is fully intentional. You have a biased outlook. As a CEO, Joe, are you able to set aside hatred for Trump? Do you make Trump supporters pay more? Do you hate a guy that comes into your store with a Trump shirt on so much that you cheat him? Trump people should pay more, right? You are a dishonest businessman that will cheat any Republican you can because you are a hater. Republicans deserve to be cheated because they are wrong, right? You are the one that is wrong. Someone with extreme hatred like you display here should not be allowed to supervise people. You probably don’t even realize your hatred it is so innate.

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