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Bill Cosby Appears in Court to Get Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned

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RadioOnFire.com - It doesn’t look good for Bill Cosby.

Three judges on a Pennsylvania appellate panel listened Monday as his lawyers argued why his conviction should be overturned — and spent much of the hour-long hearing looking skeptical, shrugging and raising their palms up in exasperation.

Kristen Weisenberger, one of two female lawyers appearing for the imprisoned sexual predator, contended that the trial judge should not have let five accusers take the stand against Cosby in his sex-abuse case involving Andrea Constand.

Cosby was never charged in their cases, which fell outside the statute of limitations on prosecution.

The trial judge allowed them because he said they established a pattern of “prior bad acts.’’

Weisenberger tried arguing that there was not enough similarity between the allegations, including that the accusers’ professions were different, as were their ages.

“He gave them drugs and then he had sex with them. That’s the pattern, is it not?” retorted Judge John Bender, the only male judge on the panel.

The disgraced TV comic’s lawyers also said the trial judge should have upheld an agreement that a Pennsylvania prosecutor made with Cosby not to prosecute him if he agreed to pay Constand in a settlement.

Cosby ended up paying her around $3.4 million.

But his lawyers got hammered by the panel on that claim, too.

The session was Cosby’s last guaranteed hearing, meaning that if he loses this appeal, it’s not certain whether his case will be heard again.

He is currently in state prison serving a three- to 10-year sentence and did not attend Monday’s hearing.

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