Fallen TV icon Bill Cosby, who is serving a prison term in Pennsylvania after being convicted last year of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, will remain locked up after suffering a setback in court Tuesday.
NPR reports that the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed Cosby’s conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby, who is serving a sentence of three to 10 years, had appealed his conviction.
NPR notes that Cosby’s legal team asked the court to examine a number of legal points, including whether five women should have been allowed to testify; whether the complaint should have been dismissed based on a 2005 agreement with a prosecutor; and whether details from Cosby’s deposition about his possession and distribution of quaaludes to women in the 1970s should have been allowed.
“The Superior Court rejected Cosby’s assertions, laying out its reasoning in a 94-page opinion that backed the lower court’s handling of the case, from the decision to allow evidence of prior bad acts to the way the judge impaneled and instructed the jury,” NPR reports.
The AP quotes Constand responding to the ruling with a message saying: “This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law.”
The AP report adds: “Cosby, 82, can now ask the state Supreme Court to consider his appeal. He recently said he is prepared to serve the full 10-year sentence rather than express remorse to the parole board.”