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Bill Cosby Says Denial of Appeal Is 'Appalling and Disappointing'

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By Gary Trock

Bill Cosby says that denying his appeal to overturn his sexual assault conviction is further proof that the judicial system is corrupt. The disgraced comedian lost his bid Tuesday as an appeals court upheld Cosby's original verdict.

Cosby's legal team had argued that prosecutors should not have called accusers, other than Andrea Constand, to testify in the case. On Tuesday, the Superior Court supported the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to strengthen the case they had against Cosby.

After the decision was announced, Andrea Constand, told the press "This decision is a reminder that no one is above the law."

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Cosby's Response

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After hearing the ruling come down, Cosby expressed his frustration and disappointment and lashed out about the officials who he claims are "corrupt."

"This news of the Superior Court denying Mr. Cosby’s appeal is appalling and disappointing, but it shows the level of corruption that resides in the Judicial System of Pennsylvania," said Andrew Wyatt, spokesperson for Cosby.

He continued, "These panel of judges never took the time to review the facts of Mr. Cosby’s appeal. Mr. Cosby’s appeal outlined the bias of Judge Steve T. O’Neill; showed that the jurists were tainted by juror #11 who stated, “Mr. Cosby is guilty, let’s not waste a lot of time and find him guilty;” showed that the 404(b) witnesses should have never being allowed to offer testimony in Mr. Cosby’s trial because they had “no” similar interests with Andrea Constand; and most importantly, Mr. Cosby’s deposition should have never been considered at the trial."

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Cosby and his team called into question the thought process with the judge behind denying the appeal.

"It’s obvious that these judges’ minds were made up because they didn’t take the time to dissect Mr. Cosby’s appeal. We’re not shocked because it shows the world that this isn’t about justice, but this is a political scheme to destroy America’s Dad, however they will not stop us and we will prevail in the State Supreme Court. Mr. Cosby remains hopeful and he stands behind his innocence."

Why the Court Upheld It

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The Supreme Court explained why they upheld Cosby's conviction and ruled that bringing in additional accusers, other than Andrea Constand, helped the prosecution lay out a pattern of predatory behavior for their case.

“Not only did the (prior bad act) evidence tend to establish a predictable pattern of criminal sexual behavior unique to appellant, it simultaneously tended to undermine any claim that appellant was unaware of or mistaken about victim’s failure to consent to the sexual contact that formed the basis of the aggravated indecent assault charges."

They Weren't Surprised

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Even though Cosby and his team are upset, they aren't surprised that the ruling came down the way it did.

"We’re not shocked because it shows the world that this isn’t about justice, but this is a political scheme to destroy America’s Dad, however, they will not stop us and we will prevail in the State Supreme Court, Andrew Wyatt told the AP.

Cosby remains imprisoned at State Correctional Institution Phoenix as he serves a 3 to 10-year prison term.

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